New Greenback School opens Tuesday morning

New Greenback School opens Tuesday morning

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The school will hold 650 students in grades Kindergarten through 12th. The school will hold 650 students in grades Kindergarten through 12th.
Students and faculty made the short march next door to their new school to commemorate the long journey it's taken to get there. Students and faculty made the short march next door to their new school to commemorate the long journey it's taken to get there.
"This has been a terribly long process," said Loudon County Director of Schools Jason Vance. "This has been drawn out for 10 or so years." "This has been a terribly long process," said Loudon County Director of Schools Jason Vance. "This has been drawn out for 10 or so years."
The students gathered inside for their first assembly inside their new gym as they prepared to head to their brand new classrooms. The students gathered inside for their first assembly inside their new gym as they prepared to head to their brand new classrooms.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

GREENBACK (WATE) - The long awaited new Greenback school finally opened its doors Tuesday morning.

The school will hold 650 students in grades Kindergarten through 12th.

The new K-12 school replaces the original building built back in the 1930s.

Students and faculty made the short march next door to their new school to commemorate the long journey it's taken to get there.

"This has been a terribly long process," said Loudon County Director of Schools Jason Vance. "This has been drawn out for 10 or so years."

With the new building now a reality, the school wanted to take a moment to look back.

"The principal thought it was a good idea to start at the old school and talk about what they had in the past and talk about what we're having in the future," said Vance.

Law enforcement, community members and parents came out to celebrate the historic moment.

"We've been waiting so long," said parent, Christy Resendize. "They have fought for this for many years and you know and now it's happened. They've had so many issues with the old school."

With those problems now behind them students, staff and parents are now looking ahead to what the new $22 million building can offer.

"I think they are going to get everything they need here in this new one and I think it's going to pay off," said Resendize.

"They're gaining classroom space that's adequate," said Vance. "They're gaining science labs that are appropriate and conducive, and just cutting edge technology. We've got a robust wireless Internet system, and we're going to have computers and smart boards, and just so many things for the kids to appreciate."

The students gathered inside for their first assembly inside their new gym as they prepared to head to their brand new classrooms.

Volunteers were busy over the weekend getting the school ready for students and teachers.

This past Saturday students, parents and people from the community carried in supplies and helped teachers unpack their classrooms.

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