KNOXVILLE (WATE) - In just a week and a half Northshore Elementary School will open to students for the first time.
The new school near the intersection of Northshore Drive and Pellissippi Parkway was built to serve the growing population in the southwest part of Knox County.
"We're trying to wrap up all the loose ends now," said Doug Dillingham, supervisor of facilities and construction for Knox County Schools.
While there may still be some touch-ups left to do, Dillingham says all the rooms will be open and functional.
Nearly 900 students are enrolled at the new elementary for this school year, but because of the growth in this part of the county the school was built to accommodate 1200.
Dillingham said the school incorporates the district's latest standards, from technology to security.
"Once the bell rings in the morning all outside doors are locked," Dillingham said. "The secretary will be able to see with a camera who is out there and buzz them in. They will not be able to go through the doors straight into the school. They will have to go through the door that leads directly into the reception area."
Meanwhile, teachers aren't wasting any time organizing their new classrooms.
"Friday was the first day we were allowed to get in the building, so I was here at 8 a.m. Friday morning and I've been working every day since," said fourth grade teacher Holly Stec. "Just coming here and starting a new school and getting the parents used to it and the kids used to it, that's what I'm most excited about."
A ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by an open house is scheduled for Thursday Aug. 8 at 10 a.m.