Students in Maryville head back to class in less than a week. When they go back to school August 1, the new academic year brings a brand new school to the city along with a different grade structure.
The new Coulter Grove Intermediate School held its orientation for students and parents Thursday morning. The system will now split grades 4-7 between Coulter Grove and the existing Montgomery Ridge Intermediate School.
This year grade levels will be divided into four types of schools. Elementary schools will house kindergarten, first, second, and third grades. Students in grades four through seven will attend intermediate schools. A new junior high school will house eighth and ninth graders. High School will be comprised of grades 10 through 12.
The new school and grade structure means bus drivers have to learn new routes for picking up and dropping off students. Drivers rehearsed the routes Thursday morning while transporting Coulter Grove students to a three-hour orientation session at the new building.
The drivers hope Thursday's practice will make for a perfect start to the school year next week.
"It's a little bit different because we're going to a new school. So we'll be driving it today and seeing how it goes," said bus driver Jeannette Lane. "It's good to get back into the swing of things because we have some really good kids. The kids will probably be excited because they're going to a new school."
"Those buses will come through and the bus drivers will be making any adjustments that need to be made for those routes, so it's a good trial run," said Stephanie Thompson, director of Maryville City Schools.
Maryville holds its first day of class on August 1.
The following link provides a full list of back to school schedules at districts throughout East Tennessee.