New high school opens to Phil Campbell students

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Phil Campbell High School opens to students and teachers on Monday morning.

PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s a sound administrators of the Franklin County School System have been waiting to hear for over three years.

It’s the rumble of feet on the tile and voice’s cackling in the hallways.

Class change inside the new Phil Campbell High School has a new energy.

Freddy Ordonez says they have been waiting on this moment for quite a while now.

“It feels pretty good. Just coming in here walking on these new floors, I can’t explain the feeling. It’s pretty awesome,” stated Ordonez.

Awesome, because the senior class of Phil Campbell High School has never experienced the feeling of having a building to walk-in.

They were finishing 8th grade when an EF-5 tornado destroyed the old high school on April 27th 2011.

Kandic Price welcomes the change from three and half years of portable classrooms and church fellowship halls.

“I haven’t been in a real school since 9th grade, and it’s just a whole new experience. I’m really excited to be in the new building,” said Price.

And judging from the excitement around the building, so are the teachers.

Many were able to hand-out textbooks for the first time this school year.

School administrators say there are still some bugs to work out around the building, but by the end of the week things should be running pretty smoothly.

The $25-million project finished about six months ahead of schedule.