About 1,900 students navigated their way through the new 347,169-square-foot Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville last week for the first week of school.
“I thought the first week went exceptionally well,” said Brian Eichenlaub, building coordinator and a teacher at the school. “The students have been amazing, and the teachers have been incredibly patient.”
Teachers gave directions in hallways to students, all of whom — no matter age or grade — were all finding their way for the first time.
“We are all starting off at square one,” Eichenlaub said. “We are all learning. We are all freshmen. And we are all appreciative that we have a new building.”
The $89.1 million project will give students opportunities for additional learning experiences.
There is a greenhouse, a pharmacy and a state-of-the-art, fully-digitalized television production studio. The studio will allow students to produce digital video for both announcements and news packages, Eichenlaub said.