NBHCA Opens New Elementary School Building

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. - Around 750 kids will start a new school year tomorrow. But that's not all... they will also be starting school in a new building. North Bay Haven Charter Academy's Elementary School has moved from Balboa and 11th street to their main campus, joining the middle and high schools. 
 
The day has finally come for Bay Haven Charter Academy principal Mike McLaughlin. 
 
"It's a day we've been waiting a long time for," said Principal McLaughlin. 
 
But they made what seemed the impossible a reality. 
The 6.3 million dollar building on their Lynn Haven campus is complete. 
 
"It's been a five year journey for us and just to get everybody here, cut that ribbon, it felt so amazing," said Principal McLaughlin. 
 
It will house around 750 kids from pre-k to 5th grade. Previously, the school was located at a seperate location from the middle and high schools. One of the reasons for the move was to make mornings easier for families who have children in different grades. 
 
"So for us to be in one campus now, it will be a life savor, people don't have to travel across town anymore. So it's a combination, our cliental fits what we believe in and also be a time savor being on one campus," said Principal McLaughlin. 
 
Thursday's start will test the buildings limits. 
 
"What's traffic flow going to be off of 390 into here and what's it going to be like at 2:30 or 3 when people leave?" said McLaughlin. 
 
Now that the building is in place, the focus is back in the classroom. The project will be paid off by the school over the next 37 years. 

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