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Elmore County schools prepare for start of new year

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
ELMORE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) -

The state's back to school state sales tax holiday weekend is this weekend, and it's just in time as Elmore County schools start back on Monday.    

Around 11,000 students will show up on Monday and will notice some changes.

Elmore County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Langham says to expect familiar faces in new places and new faces in familiar places.

The theme for this year is change and Wetumpka Elementary is a school that is seeing the most.

Principal Nick Townsend is one of several new faces at Wetumpka Elementary.      

"With me being new here and my assistant principal is also new. I have my counselors who are new, secretaries, bookkeeper and teachers who are also new, so we have a lot of new faces," Townsend said.

Construction can be seen at schools throughout the district including the new outdoor reading area for Wetumpka Elementary students, as well as district wide technology upgrades.

"We have new computers, about 3,500 that are coming in across the district," Langham said.

The superintendent says prayers have been answered as it pertains to traffic congestion at Millbrook Middle School. A new entrance has been added off of Chapman Road. It's a $325,000 project that was a collaborative effort between multiple agencies and municipalities including the Elmore County Board of Education, the Elmore County Commission, the City of Millbrook and the Town of Coosada. 

"We'll be able to give it it's best test run when all those parents and cars show up on Monday morning," Langham said. "We can't wait to see the huge, positive difference that's going to make with a lot of the traffic."

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