New elementary school awaits Suffolk students

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — For most kids in Hampton Roads, school starts Tuesday. And in Suffolk, some will get to start the year learning in a brand new building.

The long-anticipated Pioneer Elementary School is preparing for its opening day, as crews put the finishing touches on the new multi-million-dollar facility. Bold design, bright colors and big spaces all await more than 500 students, pre-kindergartners through fifth grade.

Carson Reeves and her son, Henry, who’s going into second grade, got a sneak peak on Friday.

“I think it’s exciting that they get to experience new technology and things that I haven’t experienced before, and I get to hear about it and see it first hand,” Reeves told WAVY.com.

The 54,000 square-foot school building has a cafetorium that can open up into the gymnasium when additional space is needed for assemblies. There are computers throughout, and it even has an elevator.

Pioneer Elementary replaces Southwestern Elementary, which was around 50-years-old. Principal Chris Phillips, who came over from the old school, is excited about what awaits students, come Tuesday.

“It’s a state of the art school. We have updated technology. We have all new learning areas for the students. The classrooms are larger. There are bathrooms in a lot of the earlier grade classrooms. We’re going to have fields outside for the kids to play on,” Phillips said.

Students chose the schools’ mascot and voted for its purple and gray colors.

For parents preparing for Tuesday, just know there is a new traffic pattern at the school’s entrance. Signs are posted to alert drivers in the school zone.

For more info about the new school and a photo gallery of the new campus, click here.

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