Decatur students getting used to new schools

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DECATUR -- The halls are packed and the desks are full. It's back to class for Decatur schools Monday.

"It was actually pretty crazy," said Anthony Bond.

It wasn't a familiar first day of school for the Eisenhower senior. Now he's trying to navigate the halls of Stephen Decatur Middle School.

"We didn't really know where we were going, but pretty much we're all liking it," Bond said.

Construction at the real Eisenhower campus is causing a bit of a school swap in the district. Eisenhower students are now calling the halls of Stephen Decatur home.

"We were pretty well organized," said Eisenhower principal Chuck Hoots. "Kids and faculty were very cooperative."

Despite the smooth start, Hoots said the biggest challenge was for students finding their way around for the first few hours.

It's the same story at Stephen Decatur, now in session at the old Tech Academy.

"Normally it's just 7th graders who don't know," said principal Howard Edwards. "But this year all the 8th graders are new to this building."

Edwards says both students and faculty are getting acclimated to the new building. But it's been a "smooth" day for seventh-grader August Baker.

"It's a bigger school with bigger people and not the little kindergartners," Baker said.

Both schools agree the new buildings will feel like home in no time.

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