RANDLEMAN, N.C. -- The new school year is bringing a lot of changes for Randleman Elementary School Principal Laurie Sypole.
"I still have to use my map,” she said. I was so used to the school. Now I have to take my map out."
Second grade students are no longer in mobile classrooms. They are now inside of the elementary school. The more than 100 fifth graders that were at Randleman Elementary are now at Randleman Middle School.
"The teachers have come over with them," says Randleman Middle School Principal Tracy Dawes. "They have been wonderful to work with. I've leaned on them for some guidance and it falls in place because we all work together."
The fifth grade academy at Randleman Middle has its own student drop off and the seven classrooms are separated from the rest of the middle school.
The Randolph County School System says Randleman Elementary was more than 100 percent full last year. By moving fifth graders to the fifth grade academy at Randleman Middle School, elementary school enrollment is now down to 712 students.
Sypole says the fifth grade academy is a great way to reduce overcrowding. It uses the available space at Randleman Middle and allows students to be surrounded by friends as they move from elementary school to high school.