It was back to school for Tuscaloosa City and County schools on Thursday.
This first day of school was especially exciting for the students at the Sprayberry Education Center.
After years in the works, the Sprayberry stars are in their new school, which is the former Lloyd Wood Middle School. Principal Neal Guy told WVUA 23 it’s surreal this time is finally here.
” We have a lot of very unique students. A lot of students who have a lot of needs. There are programs around the country that work with these kinds of students. We want to be one of the leading programs in the state of Alabama, certainly in this region and even in the country. We now have a facility where we think we can make that happen.”
The former Lloyd Wood space has been renovated and catered to the Sprayberry students, who have a variety of special needs. On the first day of school, students walked and rolled down a red carpet into their classrooms.
Some highlights of the new Sprayberry Center include adaptive playgrounds, smart boards in each classroom, and expanded sensory and motor areas.

Preschool Special Education Teacher Traci Hollyhand shed some happy tears during our interview.
“This building finally shows everybody else what we are like. The building we were in was dark and dreary it’s kind of scary. This one is bright and cheery. It represents the people inside this building that are here for these kids,” she told us.

Carla Allen is just one of the parents there the first day taking photos and enjoying the new facility.
Her daughter Annie has been a Sprayberry star for ten years.

” From day one when she walked in the doors at Sprayberry, I knew that she was loved, cared for, taught, educated, taught for who she was. I never doubted that. To me, the former Sprayberry building was not the building, it’s the people. And that just carries over. Now, we’ve got the building to match it,” said Allen.

To show off their new facility, Sprayberry is welcoming the community into their doors Tuesday evening, August 16, 20016 from 6:00 until 8:00.




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