School Gets a Second Chance

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A school for expelled Leon County students used to sit on asphalt. All the classrooms were portables.

"Not only did you know you were at a different school, but everyday you went there it was just depressing," said parent Jenattral Campbell.

Now, Second Chance school gets a second chance. The $12 million alternative learning center is opening its doors for the first time.

The school for kindergarten through twelfth graders is equipped with a science lab, a woodshop classroom, a fully operational greenhouse, an extensive media center and new computers and classrooms.

Speech teacher Robin Cave says it’s a big step up for the student and the staff.

"We've really gone from rags to riches. This is really going to help our students love coming to second chance and feel like it's less of a punishment."

Jennifer Bryson went to the Second Chance school last year and is set to go to Chiles this coming fall. She says a nice school campus like this would've made her mother feel better about leaving her at school.

"It would make a parent feel better to see the school as a normal school and not as something scary and different from what a normal public school would look like."

Campbell says she's excited her daughter will get to use the new facilities.

"They can relax and say, okay, I'm not at the portables any more. I'm at a school built just for us to help us broaden ourselves and to get out of some of the trouble they've been in in the past, and they can put their focus on other things now."