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Milton Elementary Students Start School in Former H.O. Brittingham Building

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MILTON, Del.- The Tuesday after Labor Day marks the first day of school for students in the Cape Henlopen School District. Milton Elementary will undergo renovations and additions over the next two years. Its students and staff will occupy H.O. Brittingham Elementary's former building until the project is complete. 

Twins Bouldin and Abygail Kelley began kindergarten at Milton Elementary on Tuesday.

"This is the first time I'm turning them over to someone else and I'm a little nervous," says their mother, Jessica. 

The twins are excited for the subjects they're about to study at the old H.O. Brittingham and temporary Milton Elementary. Abygail is most looking forward to learning math and Bouldin can't wait for history lessons. 

The new H.O. Brittingham Elementary opened at the start of the last school year. Milton Elementary began moving into its old building out front on Mulberry Street this past June.

Conaway says even though this temporary home is smaller, her 425 students will have plenty of room.

"We have made it our own," she says. "All of our classrooms are great. We even have spaces so our counselor can have their own room, our special education coordinator can have their own room, as well as teacher lounges for staff."

Milton Elementary School on Federal Street was built in 1931. Conaway says right now it has the capacity to provide three to four classrooms per grade. Over the next two years the existing space will be renovated and new classrooms will be added. 

"We'll have 5 classrooms per grade level, K-5," says Conaway. "Communal spaces for each grade level as well, extra classrooms for English language learners, special education, and then we're also getting a brand new cafeteria and library tech."

For now second grade and special education teacher Valarie Sockriter is content teaching in the former H.O. Brittingham school.

"This classroom's actually a little bit bigger than our old classroom," she says. "We have lots of room for our kids to learn and to explore."

Sockriter's daughter Sophie, who is now in third grade, likes what she sees so far. 

"All the things on the floor are creative," she says about the decals in the hallways. Sophie says she's also excited to see her teachers and stay in the same building as her mother. 

Conaway also notes that overcrowding issues were not the reason for renovating and adding onto Milton Elementary.

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