Students Enjoy First Day at Zundy Elementary

- Summer is officially over as kids all across Texoma head back to school.

In Wichita Falls, some students started the morning bright and early at two newly formed schools following consolidation efforts.

Zundy Elementary School is now one of the biggest elementary schools in the district with over 600 students enrolled from Sam Houston and Alamo Elementary now all in one building. Which means this took a lot of work, not only from the maintenance team, but also from the teachers and staff.

"They have meshed so well, they are just great and just a great team to work with. Just a lot of team building we've done," Shane Porter, Zundy's principal, says.   

The building that was once Zundy Jr. High has been transformed into Zundy Elementary. The school needed four additional bathrooms as well as eight classrooms that would accommodate the younger ages.

And as the hallways were transformed, the teachers designed their individual classrooms to continue the home-like feel throughout the entire building.

"The teachers just rose to the occasion, I can't tell you how much they spent out of their own pockets, but quite a bit I'm sure. We had fun up here a lot of hours up here, a lot of late nights up here," Porter says. 

The staff also brought decorative pieces from Houston and Alamo to really make the kids feel at home.

"We wanted to have that same feel from Alamo and Houston because they were smaller campuses and now that the campus is larger we wanted that same feel for the kids, that homey feel," Porter says. 

WFISD officials say, besides a few hiccups including some maintenance issues involving the plumbing, the first day of school was a major success.

Porter says she is most thankful for the team of teachers and staff that she has behind her.

Now it was also the first day of school for Barwise Leadership Academy, which now houses Zundy and Barwise Junior High students. WFISD officials say it's really been encouraging to see all of the team work that has gone into bringing the two schools together.

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