MANILA, AR (KAIT) - For one area district, the new school year also means a new school building.
Manila High School students and teachers will head back to a brand new building when school starts next week.
More than 500 people packed into the new high school Thursday night for a ribbon cutting that was years in the making.
High School Principal John Parrish said the town passed a millage over two years ago to cover the costs.
And construction on the school building began about one year ago.
"There are few buildings more glamorous and nice than this one, Manila is very lucky," Parrish said. "I just want to thank all of the patrons in Manila for passing the millage and building such a wonderful palace for the young people in Manila to go to school."
The building is over 138,000 square feet with a contract cost of $20 million.
Parrish said this makes back to school time even more special.