Parents, students tour Shirley Barber Elementary ahead of first day of school

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Shirley Barber Elementary School is one of four brand new schools welcoming students this school season.

The school is named after a long time educator and advocate who died earlier this year.

It was standing room only for the ribbon cutting at Shirley Barber Elementary School.

“This is what she fought for; kids were everything, and so it’s an honor for all of us,” said Karen Barber, Shirley Barber’s daughter. “So the children that come through here are going to get a great education and carry that on so it’s just; it’s a contribution that doesn’t stop, so I’m so proud of her.”

Friday was the first time parents met the teachers and toured the new classrooms.

“It’s a much bigger school, and they’re really, they’re very welcoming to everybody; everybody settled, so they can do what they need to do to educate our children,” said Amber Harwell, a parent.

The school is pulling students from nearby overcrowded campuses.

“The overcrowding and class size is one of our priorities here and I think as we mentioned the bond money is critical cause we need to make sure that we really have a place for all children to learn,” said Dr. Jesus Jara, CCSD superintendent.

More than 850 students can attend Shirley Barber Elementary School. The campus is starting the new school below its capacity, but that’s expected to change.

“We are still registering today, and I’m sure we’ll be registering on Monday,” said Nichole Coloma, the principal at Shirley Barber Elementary School.

In addition to the new schools, 19 existing campuses are getting a new building adding up to 575 new classrooms.
 

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