TPS Off to a Strong Start; Foley Makes School Visits

TOLEDO -- Toledo Public Schools kicked off the school year with the opening of 10 new school buildings. News 11's Tanieya Lewis stopped by a few of the new buildings, including McTigue Middle School, Keyser Elementary and Jones Elementary.

And it sounds like things went smoothly, as students and teachers settled into their new surroundings.

"I got a lot of new things, new friends, a new school," said student Danielle Cotterman.

Braniya Quinn said, "I liked it a lot. I like my teacher."

Principal Gary Devol was in the spirit. "I wore a tuxedo today in honor our first day of opening our new Keyser Elementary you can see in the background here," he said.

Hundreds of TPS kids scrambled the halls of their new buildings searching for their new classrooms. Some got a visit by Superintendent John Foley, who stopped into several new buildings, and long-standing structures as well.

News 11 caught up with him at Scott High School. "I think it's important for staff to see that we do care about what happens inside the school and we're not just in central office," he said.

At Keyser Elementary, the staff juggled dismissal between two buildings: an old one and a new one.

"It's the first day," said parent Stephanie Oxner. "I'm sure there are some kinks, but it's going to take a second to work out. Overall, I give them a thumbs up."

"I was really impressed. First day jitters, and they stepped right in and handled everything," said parent Brandi Quinn.

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