SUFFOLK -- As students in Hampton Roads go back to school, it's the first time hundreds of youngsters will be attending Pioneer Elementary School in Suffolk.
The new school features brick, glass, large open spaces and a lot of bright, bold, colors. There are 26 general classrooms divided into separate wings for each grade and there are "Learning Nooks" in each grade for small group instruction. There is a large cafetorium, where the kids eat, that can open up to the gym when more space is needed for large events.
There's also plenty of technology in the computer lab.
In a letter from the assistant principal posted on the school's Web site, Dr. Danielle Belton said, "A beautiful new building presents opportunities for various beginnings. There is a special kind of joy and satisfaction that comes with the opening of a new school building and it is my sincere pleasure and honor to be able to assist Dr. Phillips, Principal in making 2014-2015 a great school year in supporting the mission and vision of Suffolk Public Schools."
Back-to-school orientation for Pioneer is set for Thursday, September 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. It was moved from August 28 so crews could put the finishing touches on the building.
As people are getting out on the road this morning you want to be careful, there are school buses and kids walking to school.