New books, new lockers, and a new building!
In about a year, students from three eastern Kentucky high schools combine to form the new Harlan County High School.
The superintendent says construction is about 50 percent complete.
WYMT takes you inside the building for the first time.
Derrick Eldridge isn't sure what to expect for his final football season, when he leaves behind the Cumberland Redskins and joins the Harlan County Black Bears, “I really like Cumberland because I've got a lot of good memories in football and ROTC, and it's just going to be a long drive down there,” Eldridge said.
“I'm going to miss it but I guess it's a new opportunity for educational purposes,” Dustin Campbell said.
Thursday officials gave a tour of the future Harlan County High School. Doors open next August to about 1,300 students from three area schools scheduled to close in May.
“It's all about curriculum. We want to be able to offer our students what other students in the state of Kentucky and around the nation are getting,” Superintendent Tim Saylor said.
Saylor hopes the tour eases some tension with those who oppose consolidation, “This is a state of the art facility, there's no question about it.”
In the classrooms, the cafeteria, or the hallways in between, students hope to find a new place to fit in.
Superintendent Saylor says the school should be completely finished by June 30th.