The first bus arrived at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School at 8:45 a.m. Friday and students were greeted by principal Thomas Payton and music teacher Roy Buccola.
This year there are 390 students with 18 sections and construction of the building’s new wing has been completed.
“I’m excited — it’s a whole different world over here,” said teacher Jennifer Barth, who no longer has to use a portable for her classroom. “I’m part of the building now.”
Mr. Buccola also has his own classroom for the first time in the five years he has worked at the school.
In previous years, he has taught in the auditorium and art room.
“I’m in paradise right now,” he said. “There is a lot of room to move in here.”
Mr. Payton, now is in his sixth year at the school, also expressed his excitement about the new construction.
“I’m so excited for this building,” he said. “It is much needed. Now we are conducive to being an elementary school.”
Top photo: Kindergarten teacher Lisa Bohleber helps student McKinnley Hutchinson get acclimated.
Scroll down for more photos of Roanoke Avenue Elementary School and images of renovation work that has been completed in Pulaski Street School and the middle school.