New friends, new teachers and new routines are back to school norms for most kids, but this year new school buildings will greet students in three Lexington communities.
Williams Wells Brown replaces Johnson and Russell Elementary Schools. Liberty Elementary takes the place of Julia R. Ewan and Sandersville Elementary replaces Linlee.
Matt Hamlyn is a teacher at brand new Sandersville Elementary. He's also the parent of a student there.
"He's excited about the new place," Hamlyn says.
Matt's child is one of the close to 1700 kids who'll walk new hallways this year in Fayette County's three new elementary schools. The total cost of the projects $47 million dollars. That is money Principal Yvette Peace says is well spent for kids and community.
Williams Wells Brown will serve both students and community with a 15,000 square foot adult education wing, extended day center at the school and full sized gymnasium.
All three schools boast increased security features, storm safety areas, and Eco-friendly designs. In addition to the three new elementary schools, five others are currently being renovated.
It's hard to miss Liberty Elementary, a very modern industrial style building, a building Principal Vickie Burke says perfectly suits the neighborhood. Her favorite spot is Liberty's library, complete with windowed story area.
As workers race the clock putting on those finishing touches, parents say the first day can't come quick enough.