Nearly 25,000 students and another 3,900 educators and staff are anxiously awaiting Monday, Aug. 27, when the Boise School District will once more swing the doors open to eight high schools, eight middle schools and 33 elementary schools.
"The moment I see those kids ... that's what it's all about for me," Paula Bell, principal of Lowell Elementary School, told BW.
Bell has seen more than her share of first days. Serving as an educator in both the Meridian and Boise school districts, she has been vice principal or principal of no fewer than four elementary schools before taking over the reins of Lowell in Boise's North End.
“I’m pretty sure that I have the coolest cross-section of Boise,” said Bell. “I have kids from 23 countries; we have a pretty large refugee population. Plus, we’re a Title One school, so we have a number of low-income families, we have a good amount of single-parent families and we have North End professional families. That’s a lot of diversity. It’s really representative of how Boise is changing as a city.”
In this week's BW, we sit down with principals from Boise elementary, middle and high schools to talk about the excitement and challenges facing thousands of Boise families as they prepare for another school year.