With a simple cut of a ribbon, a new legacy began in Metcalfe County. That's because their brand new middle school was officially dedicated and opened Sunday afternoon. After years of anticipation from the community, they finally got to see their new state of the facility.
"It's always a great feeling to see peoples' reaction to the spaces because that's what your designing it's just a long process. The feeling you take home with you, you affected peoples' lives and that's a great feeling." said Gary Scott, who was the architect who designed the school.
The opening of the new middle school is a day parents, teachers, and students have been waiting for for quite some time. It's a reward well deserved for the Metcalfe County School District which has seen a lot of progress.
"Three years ago when we were evaluating the lowest performing schools in the state, Metcalfe County High School was one of those persistently low achieving schools. Some targeted funds came in to assist with the turnaround. Magnificent gains have been made by the high school and the rest of the district has maintained the good work they were doing to a point that this district, Metcalfe County, is one of the leading education districts in my entire senate district." commented Senator David Givens.
The new school is more than fifty-seven thousand square feet with twenty-two classrooms including technology labs, a beautiful media center, and an auditorium that seats four hundred fifty people. When the students had their first chance to lay their eyes on the cutting-edge building, they were pretty excited.
I'm ready to be back in school so i can come over here and walk through these new halls." commented one seventh grader.
The brand new facility will not only be an institute of learning, but a place for a lasting legacy.
"It's just incredible. I don't think we probably realize today what that means or what that looks like. I know I'm feeling this chilling sensation right now as we speak because there's an awareness that i have that this is a history making moment." Superintendent Patricia Hurt said emotionally.