Pye Elementary ready for your kids: Workers putting finishing touches on new Dist. 2 school

Brett McGee, from A3 Communications, installs wiring for projectors at the new Joseph R. Pye Elementary School.

Sometimes everything goes right.

That appears to be the case so far with Dorchester District 2's new Joseph R. Pye Elementary School.

More than 700 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade will show up Aug. 15 for their first day at the new school, which falls within the city limits of North Charleston but has a Ladson mailing address.

Construction on the new building is complete, said Principal Wanda Carroll- Williams. Workers are completing finishing touches now, including landscaping the school grounds; buffing floors; and installing wiring for computers, projectors and Smartboards. Everything will be ready before the first day of school.

Many parents and students already have seen the new building, she said. The district in the spring took all students expected to transfer on a "road trip" to Pye Elementary. And hundreds of students and parents came to an open house last week.

Everybody who has seen the new school loves it, Carroll-Williams said. " 'Wow.' That's what we hear the most."

Pye Elementary is one of only two new schools opening in the tri-county area this year. The other is the Charleston County School District's North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary.

Pye Elementary math teacher Devane Trigiani is launching the new school's PTA and School Improvement Council. She's recruiting parents now for an Aug. 1 meeting. "We want our PTA to be a direct reflection of the diversity of our school," she said.

Pye Elementary was built to serve the rapidly growing suburban area. It will pull about 400 students from the crowded Oakbrook Elementary School, 300 from Fort Dorchester Elementary and 75 from Spann Elementary School. It is large enough to eventually serve 1,150.

Carroll-Williams said many former staffers from each of the feeder school will work at Pye Elementary. Students likely will find the familiar faces comforting.

Carroll-Williams was previously the principal at Spann. Tamara Diebold, Pye Elementary's assistant principal was previously an assistant principal at Oakbrook and a teacher at Fort Dorchester. And several teachers from each of the three feeder schools will teach at Pye Elementary this year.

Parents can learn what they need to register their children by calling the school or by visiting its website.

Parents who can't afford the supplies their children need should contact the school for assistance. Every child should be prepared for the first day, Carroll-Williams said. "Come with open minds and open hearts and share in the excitement."

Reach Diane Knich at 937-5491.