LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A renovation project helped make the first day back to school a little more enjoyable for some East Texas students and staff.
It's a new school year, which means a new beginning for East Texas students. For some students at Pinewoods Community Academy it also means a new building.
PCA's 1939 building received a half-million dollar makeover.
"We run a lean, mean machine over here, and we save money," said Pineywoods Community Academy Superintendent, Bruce Marchand. "We were able to save enough money to pay cash to our contractor and get about $500,000 of renovations done."
The project features new floors, ceiling tiles, restrooms, lights, and a few electrical fixes that you just can't see.
"We've really enjoyed the new building," said PCA fourth grade teacher Christina Leach. "We like the open hallways, the new flooring that was put down, and the bright lights. We have brighter lights then we had before."
Students and staff said they can see and feel a totally different atmosphere.
"It really has brightened up the whole building, makes it just a brighter, and happier place for kids," Marchand said.
"I've noticed that they changed the flooring and it's all bright and new colors, said fifth grader, Jayden Scott. "I really like bright colors. Last year, it was all drowsy, so it's real happy now."
Bright bulletin boards light up the hallways, which Marchand said was a much-needed touch.
"I think that's what makes a school a school," Marchand said. "Where you have learning themes, you have creative slogans, you have different things up to inspire the kids."
"We love to feature the students," Leach said. "We put their pictures or names up, and they love to find themselves."
Thanks to the renovations the school was able to add six new teachers into the renovated space.
Marchand said this year the school has enrolled 1,050 students.