Deer Point Elementary School's new principal Lendy Willis is excited about becoming the first principal of Deer Point Elementary. The school is located off Highway 2321 in the Bayou George area.
At the site, crews are busy working on the school's interior. Others are finishing up the roof on the 2 story classroom building. The school will not open until the 2010-2011 school year, but construction is well underway and officials say the project is 2 months ahead of schedule.
Once complete, Deer Point will hold a maximum of 797 students. Zone lines for the school are yet to be determined.
"We have 4 schools in the District that are overpopulated at this time: Tommy Smith, Hiland Park, Waller and Lynn Haven Elementary School. So the zone that's going to be created for Deer Point school will come from those students who go to those schools and the idea being to reduce the size of those schools and get them back to within their capacities," said Lendy Willis, Future Deer Point Elementary Principal.
Bay District officials say a lot of planning went into the school’s look.
"The hallways are widened. The colors will enhance the learning environment. The classrooms are huge. I think the kids will benefit greatly. It's going to be a school that has a design that is like none other in Bay District Schools," said Chandra Tyson
Supervisor of Elementary Education for Bay District Schools.
Some Bay County residents may wonder how the District can build new schools under tight budget conditions. The money for building new facilities comes from a completely different pot than the general fund. The school board has asked the state for flexibility with the two funds.