HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - Huntington Independent School District's $13 million bond project is finished almost four months ahead of schedule with 70 new or remodeled classrooms, just in time for kids to slip into their desks on Monday.
"I think this is going to be one of the best starts to school that we've had in many years because when you get something new it's just like a kid in a candy store," said Huntington ISD Superintendent Eric Wright.
A candy store that just got an extra 120,000 square feet added on, complete with a new library, computer centers, and science labs with all the critters a little kid could dream of having.
"I knew it was going to be big and we all thought it was going to be cool, but I didn't know it would be like this," said 7th grade student Madelyn Modisette.
"I think just the students coming in and seeing the improvements on the different campuses is really exciting and hopefully that just energizes them as they come to school wanting to learn," said Chairman of the Citizens Task Force for the Bond Project Darryl Smith.
Some students were already at the new facilities today checking out their close to $13 million worth of renovations and brand new classrooms.
"It's really nice and it smells good," Modisette laughed.
"I would say, pretty cool," said 8th grade student Kyle Schellhase.
Cool means you have energy-efficient hallways with motion-sensitive lights and classrooms with a two-way mirror so even future teachers can learn.
"As a superintendent, my goal is always to leave the school district better than I found it and in this case I think we can definitely say that that's happened," Wright said.
It's happened, with construction at the middle school and two new wings at the elementary campus not to mention renovation at the intermediate and high school.
"I think anytime you have a first-class facilities it's going to stimulate the pride factor and hopefully it will motivate them to achieve at a higher level," Wright said.
It's something they couldn't have done without a community dedicated to a better education for their children.
"I love the new building, we could never thank Huntington enough," said First Grade Teacher William Weeks.
"For the students that will be inhabiting these buildings starting Monday, just thank you from the bottom of our hearts," said Wright.
"It is going to be awesome isn't it?" said Schellhase with a big smile.