Most schools in our area will be opening doors, ushering a new school year in the next few weeks. For some it means walking into a new facility. Some Thomas County students got a sneak peek at their brand new school.
Erin Henley and her friends are excited to be the first group of student to see their new school, and they say so far they like what they see.
"I think it's really nice and it's really big, and I like it," shared the middle school student.
Students weren't the only ones on hand to see the new digs. Parents and faculty attended Sunday's dedication for Thomas County's new middle school.
School officials say funding for the state of the art facility comes from the county's Special Purpose Local Options Tax, better known as SPLOST.
Dr. Larry Green, Superintendent of Thomas County Schools, added, "This new facility, our new school is a perfect example of what the SPLOST funds can do for a community."
The school's principal says the new facility is about 207,000 square feet. He says the school will serve grades five through eight, and that each grade will even have its own wing.
Thomas County Middle School Principal Van Cowart said, "This is a state of the art facility. Everybody in Thomas County can be proud. The future is nothing but bright here in Thomas County for our students."
School officials say they're still putting a few finishing touches on the building, but they say the facility will be ready when students like Henly return for classes on August 1.
Thomas County Middle is one of two new county schools scheduled to open at the beginning of next month. Open house for the middle school's students is July 28 at 3 p.m. in the afternoon.