Escuela SMART Academy preparing for first day of school with new principal, new opportunities

It’s back to class for Toledo Public Schools and students and their families had the chance to walk the halls before saying goodbye to summer. The new school year brings something new to the bilingual multi-cultural school known as Escuela SMART Academy in the Old South End.

This year, the school will start with new opportunities and a brand new principal.

“I feel like I’d be a good model for them and they can look up and see, ‘hey I can, I can be a principal one day,” said Natasha Allen, the new principal for Escuela SMART Academy. “Someone that looks like them.”

Allen is Puerto Rican and understands Spanish.

Parents at the school Tuesday say they are grateful the students’ education is at the forefront.

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