PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Tuesday afternoon, students at Greene County Tech got to walk the halls of the new high school for the first time. It's been a project that's been seven years in the making. With the help from a millage increase and grant money, it's finally become a reality.
"Four years ago, our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and they voted for their students. They voted for their kids," said Greene County Tech High School Principal Gene Weeks.
And Tuesday, nineteen school buses full of Greene County Tech students got a glimpse of the new home of the eagles.
"Basically we took a big field trip with 800 kids," said Weeks. He says they wanted the kids to be the first to see the new state-of-the art facility. "It's a huge jump. All of our departments are going to benefit from it. You can feel the energy in this building. You can feel the pride the kids are just amazed and blown away by it," said Weeks.
From the new 1,000 seat auditorium to tech savvy classrooms. Students filled the hallways, with a map in hand, to get a feel for their class schedule.
Junior Morgan Amos sorted through all the cool stuff at the new campus store. It's a place she plans to spend a lot of time.
"I think it's very neat because our student body has so much school spirit. Especially during spirit week. We all dress up in green and gold," said Amos.
And that school spirit was shining through all around campus. But the eagle pride screamed the loudest from the gym. Allie Wilson is a senior this year and plays basketball for GCT. She can't wait to take the court.
"I'm so glad that I'm able to be a part of it. Because I'm a senior, I didn't think I was going to be able to enjoy was we have. But fortunately, I'm going to get to enjoy a semester of it," said Wilson.
And as students gathered in the bleachers to wrap up the tour, students officially claimed their new home
and sang their alma mater. It was a sound that echoed through the gymnasium loud and clear.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place this Friday, December 2nd. An open house is scheduled for the community December 4th. The district hopes to move students into the new facility by January 2nd.