Mount Horeb Elementary School opens in Jefferson City

Mount Horeb Elementary School opens in Jefferson City

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Hundreds of children, parents and school teachers participated in a ribbon cutting and open house Sunday. Hundreds of children, parents and school teachers participated in a ribbon cutting and open house Sunday.
Mount Horeb Elementary will serve children in Kindergarten through fifth grade. Mount Horeb Elementary will serve children in Kindergarten through fifth grade.

BY MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY (WATE) - For the first time in 27 years, Jefferson County has a new school.

Hundreds of children, parents and school teachers participated in a ribbon cutting and open house Sunday at the new Mount Horeb Elementary School in Jefferson City.

Parent's elation over the new building was hard to hide.

"I can see a lot of excitement in this room," Angela Barker, a parent who visited the school Sunday, said.

Jefferson County Schools Director Charles Edmonds said Sunday's festivities were a long time in the making.

"We've been looking forward to this day for a long time," he said.

Mount Horeb is just the beginning of new construction for Jefferson County Schools. County commissioners and the school board have formed a plan to alleviate crowded classrooms in the school system.

Jefferson County High School has more than 2,000 students. During the 2011-2012 school year, 50 temporary modular classrooms were set up across the county.

Edmonds said the plan began a decade ago starting with upgraded facilities. They began with upgrading facilities. Now the focus is removing those many modular structures.

Mount Horeb Elementary will serve children in Kindergarten through fifth grade. So far, there are 575 children enrolled from Piedmont, Jefferson and Dandridge elementary schools.

The most excited faces Sunday were the students, excited for the opportunities that await them.

"I think they're will be a lot more opportunities to meet people and a lot more friends," said Kirby Reynolds, a fourth grader who will attend Mount Horeb School in the fall.

Renovations are planned at Jefferson County High School in the near future, and an 800-student Freshman Academy is scheduled to open in the spring.

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