HAZARD, Ky. (WKYT) - Parents and students in Perry County had the chance for an up-close look at the new East Perry County Elementary School in Hazard.
Saturday was the ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. School officials say these mark an exciting new chapter for students in Perry County.
"It's been a big process for several individuals throughout our district. Several administrators, several board members. and to see this finally come to fulfillment is a big day for our district," said Jonathan Jett, the Perry County Schools Superintendent.
Computer labs, a special education suite, a rooftop garden, a science center, and smartboard technology in every classroom are just some of the reasons teachers are excited about the new school.
"And coming into this building, everything is new, everything is fresh, we have new technologies that we didn't have at Dennis Wooton (Elementary School), bigger classrooms, more room to put our materials out. It's going to be really good when we get in here with the kids," said Rebecca Watts, who is in her 14th year of teaching.
Parents we talked to say they are glad to be able to send their children to a new facility.
"The main thing would be the academic upgrades inside the school. This facility is something we haven't had in a long time. Our schools were desperately needing this consolidation and upgrading of facilities," said Gene Smith, who has two sons who will be going to the new school.
School officials expect more than 700 students to attend this year. Classes begin Wednesday.
The High School Athletic Complex behind the school will be complete by the first Perry County Central High School football game on Aug. 23.