Madison County Elementary debuts new academic building

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Madison County school leaders finally revealed some additions they've been working to finish up this summer.   The new academic building at Madison County Elementary is open and ready to be used.

There was a line out the door Sunday of parents and students who couldn't wait to get inside.   Hundreds attended the ribbon cutting.

"It's a big crowd. I'm proud to see them out, it seems like they are excited," said Madison County Commissioner Eddie Sisk.  "It's a beautiful school and it's something they can look forward to."

Everyone was excited to catch a glimpse at their new home for the fall.  Crews were able to finish the building about three months ahead of schedule.

"Course now there's still some things to do, we still got a little roadwork to do around and there's still a few things to do in the building but all in all at least we're going to be here Tuesday," said Sisk.

Rosia Henry is ready for her new kindergarten class to join her in the building this week.

"Brand new building -- what a way to go out!" Henry exclaimed.

Henry plans to retire soon, but not before she gets to take advantage of the new school.

"I do plan to retire, I started here 25 years ago," Henry said.  "My old building is still standing it's barely standing but it's still out there. But to have this new building, new school for the children in Gurley is wonderful."

"Oh it was needed. It was bad. The building was old and it was just a bad place to come," said Commissioner Sisk.

"We've waited a long time for this and this is a very special day," said Henry.

The Madison County School district is paying for the expansion with BRAC money.   The plan for the expansion was announced last summer.

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