Dad Joseph Moore took his three children to the school, navigating from the cafeteria to the third-grade hallway with his youngest Patrice, hoping his fourth and fifth graders found their own way to the classrooms.
"It's a little hectic, but it's the first day at a new school," he said. "Everyone will figure it out soon enough."
Patrice, meanwhile, was excited to see many old friends from Lowery Road Elementary at her new school. "It's easy to come to the new school because I know most of the people here," she said. "It's a big school and nice."
The $11.8 million campus is among five new schools opening in the Fort Worth school district today. The others are Rosemont Elementary, McClung and Benbrook middle schools and the new Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences, a specialty high school focusing on medical career pathways.
This is Interim Superintendent Walter Dansby's first day of school since taking the reins of the district in June. Dansby, who formerly oversaw the district's bond program as deputy superintendent, was greeting families and students at White Elementary this morning. So far, he said, he isn't nervous about the new school year as interim.
"No butterflies. I've been in this district 37 years as an employee and another 12 as a student here," Dansby said. "The first day of school is always exciting."
At tomorrow's school board meeting, trustees will begin discussing the search process for a new superintendent. Melody Johnson resigned from the post last spring.