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New Nevils set for debut
Elementary school gets modern touches
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Nevils Elementary School principal Julie Blackmar and assistant principal Pam Goodman look out of the entrance to the new school building while trying to plan for parking and traffic flow. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

Nevils Construction

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    While the new Nevils Elementary School may lack the historical charm the old school holds, it makes up for it in modern design and the latest in technology.
    "It is so beautiful," said Principal Julie Blackmar. "It has huge windows, and all the natural light is so beautiful and bright."
    The school will feature a courtyard between the new structure and the old school, which will incorporate the old oak trees into its design, said Charles Wilson, assistant Bulloch County school superintendent. Wilson oversees financial matters and has headed up the county school board's construction projects , which currently include the new Southeast Bulloch High School and the new Statesboro High School as well as Nevils Elementary School.
    The school will feature some exciting technology, Blackmar said.
    "We're so lucky the county (school board) let us have the technology we have," she said, describing "Smartboards," a combination dry erase board that also can be used with computer software that is useful in teaching, she said.
    It can also be used as a projector screen, and each classroom has projectors built into the ceiling, eliminating loose wires and cords, she said.
    Wilson said the school will be ready for students Wednesday, and Blackmar agreed.
    "I'm confident we're going to be open and ready to go August 1," she said.
    The bright, airy school with large windows and happy colors will be completed all except the kitchen, Wilson said. "Students will have sack lunches the first two weeks" while the kitchen is finished, he said.
    But they will be eating in the new cafeteria, he said.
    The school also features a gymnasium with rubber flooring, and a stage that can be used for academic programs as well as community events, he said.
    Finishing touches will be put into place as late as Tuesday, but workers "have made great strides," Blackmar said. "I'm so excited about it."
    Parents will drop off children at the front of the school, entering the campus from  Nevils-Denmark Road, using the drive adjacent to the Nevils Community Park, Wilson said.
    They will drive up to the school, let their children out and exit onto the Nevils-Groveland Road, he said.
    The school will also have a unique feature in that it will share facilities with the Nevils park, a division of the Statesboro-Bulloch Parks and Recreation Department.
    The two entities will share the recreation facilities and parking areas, he said.
    The new Nevils Elementary School is built to accommodate 525 students, but currently has only about 375 students enrolled, Wilson said.
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