An elementary school in Eastern Kentucky is getting a brand new building. A ground-breaking for the new Mullins Elementary was held Tuesday September 18. It will take more than a year to build the new school, but officials say it will open new doors for students.
Everyone was excited about the future Mullins Elementary in Pike County. The principal, Phillip Birchfield, says the facility will be state of the art. "The resources and the opportunity to do so many things with the new facility that we have so we're really excited about that."
Students and parents say the old school is very much in need of repair. Mullins students, Talisha, Kaci and Lisa "The gym gets really hot in the summer. There's no air conditioning in the gym. There's no heat, the janitor blew up the heater last year." "The administration of the school does their very best to maintain it, but it's a building that's over half a century old." says Mike Titus, a Mullins student Parent.Heating problems, boarded windows, and flooding are just a few of the problems the old building is facing.
Titus, whose daughter Mika attends Mullins Elementary, approached the local planning commission and pushed construction of the new school to the top of the agenda. "I'm just trying to act civilized for the camera, i'm very excited!" Makayla and Raul Urias are also parents of a Mullins student and they say they're "very excited. I'm glad they're getting a new facility, the other one was built in 1954, so it's time for an update." Construction is expected to take 14 months. Ballaritha Page is a Mullins Teacher and she says "We're really excited, they're excited so that way we can have the new room and get started fresh."
Construction for the new Mullins Elementary should begin within the next few days... and the new school is expected to open by January of 2009.