POSTED: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 5:05pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 10:18am
ALAMO - It's a change of scenery for the Audie Murphy Middle School Ocelots. Leaving the temporary middle school campuses, the Audie sixth, seventh and eighth graders got to start the new year learning in a brand new school.
"I felt like whoa, I am coming to a new school and it's huge," said Damon Leal, Sixth Grader.
"I was really nervous but excited at the same time, I didn't know how I was going to get to my classes, we did take a tour before, but I couldn't really remember it because it was really big," said Savannah Lerma, Seventh Grader.
The reason for opening the new doors came from the increasing problem of student overcrowding.
The PSJA School District used to have five middle schools, now there are eight. This lessens the number of students on each campus. Before there were about 12-00 to 1400 students on each campus, now there is on average 750 students per campus.
In fact, Audie Middle has even less with 720 students. The Principal said operating with a smaller number has many benefits.
"It will provide for more one-to one instruction with the teachers, and also will provide more visibility for students as well, which will make them a lot safer and a lot more workable," said Lizette Longoria, Principal.
The new facility is top of the line too. Students said having new, advanced technology is really helpful and interesting.
"We have a lot of new computers and a lot more books. And the classrooms are a lot bigger as well, and we have these new boards that are a lot more complex, but a lot better," said Leal.
It cost over $20 million to build the school. The money came from a PSJA grant approved in 2008.