Paragould Primary puts finishing touches on new building

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The start of the school year is less than a month out and for one Region 8 school, it's crunch time.

Those at Paragould Primary are putting in a lot of hours to make sure their brand new building is ready to welcome elementary students come August 19.

"We're just ready to get started and we just can't wait to see what the new year has to hold for us," kindergarten teacher, Brandi Parkinson told Region 8 News.

Parkinson was able to start putting together her new classroom last week.

"When I walked in I was like 'oh, I don't know where to start! I have so many boxes!' but as soon as we just started unboxing things and getting things unpacked, it just seemed to flow really easily," she said.

School officials are hoping that's the same case for the entire building, as these last few weeks are when everything should fall into place.

"We're at the point right now where we're tying loose ends together," Principal, Dr. Nick Jankoviak said. "We will be ready for the upcoming school year."

Jankoviak explained there are still some things both inside and outside that have to be completed before the new school year. Inside, they're awaiting furniture for different parts of the building and books for the library. Crews are working during the evenings to install projection systems into the classrooms as well.

"That way, the wires can stay out of everyone else's way as they work in the classroom," Jankoviak said.

Outside, a few parking lots still need to be paved and sod is currently being laid on parts of the property.

Jankoviak said playground equipment is set to be delivered and assembled next week.

Though there's quite a bit to be done, Jankoviak believes it will be possible with how many people are chipping in

"It takes everyone coming together to pull something like this off. everybody has their responsibilities but nobody's afraid to step up and to lend a hand and you know, it's gonna take that to make sure that we're ready," he said.

The primary school is one of multiple projects in the Paragould School District made possible through a millage increase voted on in 2011.

The primary school has four wings. One wing will house pre-k students, two wings for kindergartners and one wing is dedicated to first graders.

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