Parents Look Forward to Opening of New Schools

Published 07/22 2014 05:46PM

Updated 07/22 2014 10:55PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The countdown continues for the opening of two new schools in St. Joseph for the first time in 40 years.

With just a few weeks left before the first day of school begins, construction crews are continuing to work to have the schools open on time.

"It's really exciting, especially the thought of the pre-school to have my daughter there too," said parent Jessica McGuffin. "Better technology knowing that they'll be in the best learning environment to get a good education"

For many parents who live near the new Oak Grove Elementary school, there were concerns about whether or not students who live nearby would have to walk to school or if transportation would be provided.

The St. Joseph School District says buses will be provided for all students.

"If there are not sidewalks provided then we have to as a district provide the bus routes. We want to make this transition as seamless as possible for everyone," said St. Joseph School District Director of Communications Joey Austin.

Although sidewalks won't be in place for the start of the school year, it's something many hope will be added down the road.

"They want to ride their bikes, they want to walk to school and so just to have sidewalks so that it's safe for them to get there when they cross Cook Road," said McGuffin.

In the next few weeks, teachers and staff will begin moving in and setting up for the first day school.

With the deadline for completion just around the corner, the two new schools are in crunch mode.

"We're ready for it and each day we're getting closer we know that crews are working overtime and we are so thankful for them," said Austin.

 Carden Park and Oak Grove will both host back to school parent orientations August 14.

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