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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County students won't head back to class until Monday, but on Thursday, the public got a sneak peek at the newest elementary school.
Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre calls Northshore Elementary "a beautiful facility."
Students and parents are equally impressed. "From the gym to the classroom, there is lots of space. It's very nice," said John Sorothon, a parent.
The new elementary school has a lot of bells and whistles. Every classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard.
Superintendent McIntyre said the school incorporates the district's latest standards from technology to security.
"It's been a lot of hard work in the meantime over the past two years in design and construction to making this happen," McIntyre said.
Around 850 students are currently enrolled, mostly due to anticipated growth in the part of Knox County. The school has room for up to 1,200 students.
"It's going to be a good school. Parents are going to want their children to go here, and when they move into this area, they're going to look for housing zoned in this school," said Northshore Elementary PTA president Lisa Cole.
Good news for recess: Northshore Elementary's playground will be ready for the first day of school despite fears there wouldn't be enough money to build one.
Cole says it took just three months to raise $25,000 to build it.
"Our parents came out from all around and the community really rallied around us to get the playground put in," Cole said.
The PTA has raised enough money to install a second, larger playground which is expected to be completed by next spring.
The Northshore opening marks the first time since 2008 a new school opened in Knox County. In 2008 officials held a similar ceremony when Hardin Valley Academy opened.
There will be another ribbon cutting for a new Knox County school Friday as officials show off the new Carter Elementary school.