Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on April 03, 2013 @ 7:05PM
Created on April 03, 2013 @ 6:29PM
It had been a day the some folks in Monongalia County had circled on their calendars. That's because the new Eastwood Elementary School officially opened it's doors Wednesday morning.
The new school combines the old Easton and Woodburn schools.
Luckily, for the more than 400 students, they got to keep their same classmates and their teachers. Principal DeAnn Hartshorn, said everything went smoothly on day one.
The building was paid for with a mix of levy money and other grants.
Eastwood is a "green school", and administrator hope it will soon become an LEED ceftified schoo. That's because it actually comes with a lot of energy savers, and Hartshorn said they'll work that into their curriculum.
Students told 5 News they really appreciate the new gymnasium. That's because one of their old buildings didn't have a real gym.
Harthshorn said moving into the new school was like the first day of school all over again. She said students seemed to be really happy with the move.
"We've done so much to prepare the kids," Hartshorn said. "I don't think anyone came in nervous. We had people posted at every door so (kids) would see familiar faces."
Hartshorn said that in order to alleviate some of the traffic problems in the area a police officer will be stationed right outside of the school. She said he was originally put there to ensure the safety of construction crews who have been doing road work, but the officer will also help keep traffic moving.
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