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3 Nacogdoches Co. ISDs celebrate new campuses

CUSHING, TX (KTRE) -

For the first time in five decades Cushing Elementary students have a brand new school. What's not to like about that?

"I like the rooms and stuff," said third-grader Mackenzie Fitzgerald. "I like everything."

This pleases administrators. Making them happier is how a local biomass plant generates money to pay for the school.

"The plant will generate about $600,000 of revenue per year," Superintendent Michael Davis said. "Our bond payment is usually around $800,000. If our values plunge, we'll still, or community, at worst, will have to pick up $200,000 of the bond payment."

The new school is up to four times larger than the old one. Possibly overwhelming for little children, and even some adults.

"I get emotional because we've worked hard for this," said elementary school principal Melanie Pettit.

In Central Heights, a new high school and middle school will be opening its doors on Monday morning. The quickly growing district has five new subdivisions. Enrollment has climbed from 400 students to 1,000. Good thing former board members looked ahead.

"They purchased the land that this building sits on back in the early 90s and it sits on about 55 acres," said Superintendent Jeremy Glenn.

Now travel east, to Martinsville. The district also passed a bond in 2009 for a new elementary school wing and an air-conditioned gymnasium.

"We were able to get a zero-percent interest on the bond that passed," said Superintendent Grey Burton.

The projects vary, but the commitment is the same.

"We had some old buildings, one, and two, we value education in our county," Davis said.

"They want what's best for their children and they're willing to do whatever it takes," Glenn said.

"We know how important education is," Burton said.

A pretty strong message in itself to state decision makers as cuts in education are implemented.

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