New Augusta Evans School gets ready to open

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – It’s getting to be that time of year again: teachers are getting ready for the new school year.

And, this year, teachers and students at Augusta Evans School are moving into a new building. The old school on Florida Street closed and the new one is on Biloxi Street in the Hillsdale neighborhood. Augusta Evans especially serves special needs students, and the facility is built with them in mind.

The school cost roughly $12.5 million to build, and there are approximately 300 students enrolled.

Principal Allen Baggett said, “It’s much larger, and, plus, they have all the restrooms, Everything is easy, accessible. The halls are larger, the doors, I think, are a little bit bigger.”

Teacher Keri Bailey said, “There are larger rooms, there’s more storage, the students are able to get easily to the sinks, there’s room for wheelchairs.”

Student Alexis Hollowell, said, “I love this new school.”

The new school is built on the site of the old Hillsdale Middle School, which was closed in 2008 and torn down.

But, there is a Facebook page set up by former students of the school.

It’s called the “Former Hillsdale Middle School Mustangs.”

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