Groundbreaking ceremony held for a new Pike County school

By Maisie Insko | 

Three schools will soon be combining to make one. The new Virgie School will house head start through eighth grade and be a new home for nearly nine hundred students.

"I'm just really excited for us as a grade and us as a school really." says eighth grader Donovan Layne.

Students who will be attending the new school were at the groundbreaking ceremony to see the plans for their multimillion dollar facility.

"The facilities they are in right now are quite old. We've tried to keep them maintained as much as we can but right now giving them a new facility for learning is a dream come true." State Representative Leslie Combs says.

With the help of state legislators like Combs and the Pike County School Board, the multimillion dollar facility is now a reality.

"The cost is up to twenty five million dollars, so it's a nice facility state of the art and we're looking forward to it." says Freddie Bowling, who will be the new principal at the school.

School officials say George S. Johnson Elementary, Robinson Creek Elementary, and Virgie Middle School will all merge together to form the new Virgie School.

Although eighth grader Jordan Belcher will be in high school when the doors to the school officially open he says he is excited about the opportunity other students are going to have.

"It'll help everyone, all the younger kids. Even though we won't be in it, it'll help them." Belcher says.

Officials agree with Belcher and believe its features like a state of the art library, smart boards, and a brand new gym will better the school system and their students.

"There is going to be great days ahead for the pike county school system." adds Representative Combs.

The new school will be located next to Shelby Valley High School and is expected to be completed by December 2012, a wonderful Christmas gift for those in the area.

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