Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun August 12, 2018
PHOTO BY: Mark Buffalo

Brothers Owen, left, and Thor Millard crawl on a new couch in the classroom of fourth-grade math teacher Jennifer Simpson during an open house for the new Bobby G. Lester Elementary School in Jacksonville on Wednesday.

Ready to learn

New Lester Elementary School to open Monday in Jacksonville

When the new Bobby G. Lester Elementary School opens for the 2018-19 school year Monday, it will be the first new traditional public school built in Jacksonville in 37 years. This is the first of many new buildings to come for the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District. Lester Elementary, which is named in honor of former Jacksonville High School principal and superintendent Bobby G. Lester, is replacing Arnold Drive and Tolleson e... READ MORE

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