Lufkin elementary school spending holidays moving into new building

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) –After months of waiting, Burley Primary School is ready to go. Currently, more than 900 students are in one school at Slack Elementary.  However, Friday was moving day for about 482 of those students and dozens of teachers.

Boxes lined the halls, waiting to be hauled over to Burley Primary. School faculty will spend part of their holiday getting their rooms ready for students to learn when they come back from the Christmas break.

"It's quite an undertaking, but it's a worthwhile undertaking for our students," said Principal of Burley Primary Jason Davis.

The new primary school is a Christmas present that will take a little work to get into.

"We know that the pains and the muscles of moving boxes and getting rooms ready will be worthwhile," said Davis.

"It's going to be like starting school all over again," said first grade dual language teacher Pam Ayres.  "It'll be chaotic the first couple of weeks, but after that it's going to be good."

"Right now we're packing, loading, walking over there, staying after school, and getting everything moved," said first grade dual language teacher Tina Luna.

For Luna, it's a welcome change after being at Slack Elementary for 19 years.

"I actually moved into this wing when it was new," said Luna.  "I'm used to the move."

The students that are moving are ready for a new place to learn.

"It's big and it looks really fun to be at, and all my friends are going to go to Burley too," said second grade student Kate Robertson.

"I get to have a new playground and stuff like that," said second grade student Austin Mikeal.

For others, the separation will be tough.

"I'm going to miss my mommy, she teaches second grade," explained third grade student Jed McDaniel.

"I'll miss some of my friends in like third, fourth, and fifth [grade] that I play with after school," said second grade student Caleb Mann.

However, Davis said even in different buildings, they'll stick together.

"We are all one family, Burley and Slack, and that's how we want to keep it," said Davis, because he knows more room to learn will be a gift to all 940 students.

"We hope that when they come to Burley that they understand they are loved, they are cared for, and they want to come to school," said Davis.

He said they will have an open house at Burley Primary Tuesday, Jan. 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and all parents are welcome to come.

Davis said they are so thankful taxpayers were willing to fund the building.

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