HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) As students and teachers get ready to head back to school, excitement continues to grow for one Eastern Kentucky community.
And as that date nears, contractors are feeling the crunch, making sure the new East Perry Elementary School is ready in time.
In just a couple of weeks, students will walk through the doors of East Perry Elementary School for the first time.
“Right now, we’re really starting to feel the crunch of school getting ready to start in a couple of weeks, trying to make sure we have text books ordered and things here for students on opening day to go,” Principal Thomas Neace said.
More than 650 students ranging from Kindergarteners through 8th grade will be the first group to roam the halls of the two story building, built using the most state of the art technology.
“It should make the educational process easier and more interesting for the students since we’re in a technological age of where students are into that,” Neace added.
Students will have a brand new media center, computer lab as well as smart boards in every classroom.
But on Friday, August 23rd is when Commodore fans really get to see the main attraction, the brand new Perry Central High School football field, which is made out of state of the art astro turf.
Jeff Edwards has overseen construction on both of these projects for the last 16 months and says he’s had to overcome a lot of hurdles to get to this point.
“Getting utilities on the job has been very tough. It took 14 months to get power, it took 15 months to get sewer here and 11 months to get water here,” Edwards said.
Rainy weather also delayed a lot of construction, but both men are confident they will be ready for the first day of school on August 14th.
The Perry Central Commodores will take on the Clay County Tigers for their first home game on the new field on August 23rd.