BROOKSVILLE — Thursday morning was busy at Eastside Elementary School.
Teachers, custodians and administrators were preparing for the first day of school Monday, as well as an open house Thursday afternoon.
Answering the phone and greeting visitors near the front office was volunteer Cynthia Moore, a Hernando County School Board member.
Around 11 a.m., a mother and several children came in. Moore explained when the open house would start and what it would entail.
“You get hot dogs and potato chips, and they’ll give you all the information you need,” she said.
Meanwhile, in a kindergarten room, teachers Kim Lewis and Cathy Nelson were undertaking the kind of work teachers across the county were likely doing: preparing their classroom for students.
As Nelson scrubbed a dusty bookcase with disinfectant wipes, Lewis dug through a closet, looking for supplies.
“I’m making my welcome posters and a door poster with all my kids’ names,” said Lewis, who is new to the school district.
Last year, she taught at Athenian Academy of Pasco County, a charter school. Nelson is also new to Eastside. During the first semester, the teachers will co-teach in the same classroom.
“We’ve been at it for two days,” Nelson said of the prep work. “We have to get all curricular materials set up, all of our wall decorations and tables set up where we want them.
“You can’t leave too much room for them to run,” she said with a grin.
As Nelson went to make copies, Lewis said she was excited about the first day and pondered where to set up her library.
“I like to implement certain procedures,” she said. “I got some bags, boxes, holders, containers and other stuff to make it festive and fun.”
Information such as school hours, school supply lists, bus stop locations and free and reduced meal applications can be found at the school district’s website: hernandoschools.org.