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Paragould -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Big Changes for Greene County Schools Over Summer Break

August 11, 2004--Posted at 6:30 p.m. CDT

PARAGOULD--It's almost time to go back to school, and for some students in Greene County, this year is going to look pretty different. Students will notice quite a change when they return to school next week.  Students at Paragould High School will be coming back to a new Science and Technology center, and a new Athletic Complex. 

Deputy Suprerintendent Richard Shelby of Paragould School District said, "We've added a new choir, we've completely renovated the band facility, added a double practice gym. So on this campus alone, yes, there's been an extensive amount of work done over the last couple of years."

The Paragould School District also plans to put in a security camera system later this year.

"The thought is that 75-80% kids if they know they're going to be on camera, their going to behave themselves. They're not going to do some of the things that they might would do. You can't have a teacher in every corner of the building, but you can have a camera," said Shelby.

Youngsters at Greene County Tech Primary will be starting classes in a whole new building next week. Workers and teacher are putting the finishing touches on the new $7 million dollar project.

Principal Joe Ed Smith said, "Two weeks ago, I did not believe we would be able to start school. Today, I know we'll be able to start school on the 19th."

The 96-thousand square foot building will house nearlly 900 pre-schoolers to second graders.

"The idea was to take the smaller children off the main campus to aleviate traffic problems, and I think we're going to do that," said Smith.

Summer is certainly winding down for kids. The first day of school for all students in Greene County...August 19th.

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