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Gearing up at Bells

Bells Elementary teachers are hard at work this week preparing their classrooms at the new Bells school campus.
The new school has been under construction for the past six months, with teachers set to move into their classrooms by August 8th. Students will be in the new classrooms on Aug.15.
“The school is looking really good,” said Bells Elementary School Principal Lauren Behie. “We are so excited to get in here and start decorating.”
According to Behie, construction crews are now finishing the school’s tile and carpeting. Furniture was put into the classrooms this week. Teachers will be hard-pressed to have time to decorate their classrooms, she said, with only five days between the time when teachers can get into the school and when students arrive.
The new school has seven classrooms on one wing, with the rest of the classrooms on the other wing near the main building. Behie says the new school has an increase in the number of classrooms from the old school. “We have specialized areas in this new building for everyone, like for our reading coach,” she said. “We have an actual spot for our school psychologist, whereas before, there was no dedicated space. It was wherever you could fit her.”
While the school will be ready for students this month, heavy and historic rains from late in 2015 and early 2016 have delayed the overall project. Because of this, the new school’s cafeteria and multi-purpose room will be not be ready at the start of the incoming school year. Bells cafeteria workers will prepare breakfasts and lunches at Forest Circle Middle School for the Bells students. Then, the meals will be delivered to students at the new Bells campus, according to Cliff Warren, assistant superintendent for the Colleton County School District.
Bells will host an open house for all students and parents and staff on August 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. Students and parents can meet their teachers at this event, and also receive information on the school’s new student drop-off and pick-up areas. “We will also be sending information to parents about the details they need,” said Behie.
According to Behie, the new school’s student drop-off area is in front of the main building. “Follow the signs. It will be clearly marked,” she said.
The new Bells Elementary School also has a new playground, which was being installed this week. This was paid for with a majority of funding coming from the school district. The school’s staff and community supplemented some of the funds through fundraisers held earlier throughout the year.
“We are so excited about this new school and this school year,” said ?. “The entire Bells community will have something to be so proud of,” she said.

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