FORT MILL, N.C. -- The first day of school takes on a fresh look in Fort Mill. The district opened two new elementary schools this morning.

Superintendent Dr. Chuck Epps says the district spent about $50 million between the new Doby's Bridge and Tega Cay Elementary Schools. Epps says the growing number of students in the district has put a strain on all the schools.

"When we open the doors this morning we expected over 12,500 students, as I mentioned earlier that's a six to eight percent growth over last year's total," said Epps.

Parents balanced a range of emotions, many dropping their kids off for the first time.

"You got the pride. I got this big kid now, he's ready to go to school. And then nervous, he's kindergarten going to school with a bunch of big kids too, it's bittersweet," said Will Jordan.

"I am excited for her. I know that she's going to be growing up anyway so there's no point in me being sad about it," said Jennifer Donohue.

Doby's Bridge Elementary Principal, Scott Frattaroli, says the start of the art school is equipped with technology which is a plus for teachers and parents.

Superintendent Epps says a new traffic pattern at Nations Ford High School will make for safer transportation on campus. To see the traffic route you can find district maps by clicking here.

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