K-6 students get long look at magnet school

Published 11:07 pm Thursday, July 23, 2009

Parents of children in kindergarten through sixth grade met with teachers and administrators at the Butler County Magnet School for a special open house Thursday night.

Officials showed off the fresh paint, pristine hallways, and classrooms (complete with shiny flat-screen televisions) of the new multimillion-dollar K-12 facility, but also laid out the ground rules for the upcoming school year.

One, this building, for the district, is the equivalent of a shiny new car. And school officials want it to stay that way.

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“No gum, no candy,” said school principal Joseph Dean. “We’re completely eliminating those things.”

Two, the school is still part of the Butler County School District, which means, yes, the dress code still applies. But parents can also purchase white polo shirts adorned with the Magnet School crest for $20.

All positions in the school’s Magnet curriculum have been filled, but Dean said if spots are available 10 days after the first day of school then they will be offered to other children.

Other items of note:

Dean asked parents to purchase transparent book bags for their children, either mesh or clear plastic.

He also said anyone picking up students when they checkout must be on a list kept current in the school’s central office.

School starts at 8:15 a.m. at the BCMS, but Asst. Principal Rachel Burleson said parents should have their children there earlier then that time.

The faculty at the new school is comprised of teachers from both the former R.L. Austin Elementary School and Georgiana High School, with the addition of magnet curriculum teachers as well.

To view photos of the open house visit Spotted.