BACK TO SCHOOL: Teachers prep for the first-ever May River High class

The first day back to school will be extra special for about 1,000 high school students in Bluffton; they will attend the brand new school, May River High, as its first class ever.

On this last Monday before the start of a new school year, teachers and staff were readying everything down to the last detail. Principal Todd Bornscheuer compared the week of prep to a rollercoaster ride.

“It’s a rollercoaster. It’s 120 miles an hour. It’s very exciting, but there are also a lot of intricate details…deliveries of hundreds of thousands of dollars of supplies that will come between this day and Friday…” Bornscheuer said.

Inside the classrooms, teachers were beginning to unload their own supplies.

“So, I’ve really just unpacked some boxes. That’s really all I’ve done so far! I haven’t hung anything…” 10th grade math teacher Jennifer Fudal said on Monday morning.

Formerly a teacher in Alpharetta, Ga., Fudal’s family relocated to Bluffton only recently. Her daughter will also attend May River High.

Instead of feeling nervous, Fudal said she was excited to meet new students.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know all of their names, you know teaching them and just also getting them excited for what we’re going to be about here,” she said.

“I think it’s going to be great. Well like I said, I’m new here. So, instead of coming in and feeling like ‘oh I’m the only new person in the building and I’ve got to get to know everybody,’ it seems like everybody is kind of starting on the same level,” she said.

Bornscheuer is motivating staff ahead of opening day on the first day of school.

“You only get one opportunity to open the doors and do it right. We want this to be a culture of, that supports our vision which is to be responsible, be supportive, and be present,” he said.

The doors open on the first day at 8 a.m. Classes start at 8:45 a.m.

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