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Students have first day at now combined Frankfort-Schuyler Elementary School

By HILARY LANE

FRANKFORT, N.Y. (WKTV) - Students who last year attended West Frankfort Elementary School spent their first day of this school year at a brand new school on Tuesday.

For Mikayla Peters, a former West Frankfort student, she already feels right at home at her new school.

"I was afraid I wouldn't make friends and I would feel like a nobody," said Peters. "But when I came here, I met a lot of good friends and I like it a lot."

Last spring, the school board voted to shut down West Frankfort Elementary as a result of state aid cuts. The students and teachers were moved to the Reese Road Elementary school building and the combined school was renamed the Frankfort-Schuyler Elementary School.

Robert Oberlies is a former teacher at West Frankfort and is now a fifth grade teacher at Frankfort-Schuyler Elementary School. He was surprised at how smoothly the first day of school went.

"That was easier than I thought. Everybody knew what was going on. It was like the first day when I was at West Frankfort," said Oberlies. "The kids are a little nervous at first, but once they walk in and I walk in for the first time, they do well."

Frank Saraceno, the principal at Frankfort-Schuyler Elementary School, held an ice cream social last spring for West Frankfort students to get them acquainted with their teachers and the new building before starting the school year.

He says this helped students feel more comfortable on the first day of school Tuesday.

"Everyone just pulled together so well, it's like we never were separated," says Saraceno. "It's like we were one school starting in June. So it was very easy getting going."

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