Teachers begin occupying the new Phil Campbell High School

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PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – Moving day is a dreaded task for many, but educators and students at one Franklin County school are rejoicing.

It’s been over three years in the making, and Thursday the boxes started moving into Phil Campbell High School.

Organized chaos could be a way to describe the stacks of boxes and filing cabinets that are being moved into the new Phil Campbell High School building.

Educators gave students Thursday and Friday off so they could spend two days getting the school ready for the students return on Monday.

School system administrators got the green light to occupy the building on Tuesday.

“It gives us a sense of relief because we know our students and employees are going to have a better place to come Monday morning,” Superintendent Gary Williams of Franklin County Schools explained.

Relief because this year’s graduating class has not been in a traditional high school environment since they entered 9th grade.

Even though the new school is ready to move in, Williams says they can’t forget why they have it and the 23 lives lost in the town on April 27th 2011.

“That will be a day that will always be in our minds, but we can kind of put it in the back of our minds now because we are moving forward,” said Williams. “The people of Phil Campbell will have something here they can be proud of.”

A building in which Williams says will act as a pillar for the community and a bit of closure following that tragic day.

Due to the hard work of construction workers, Superintendent Williams says the project actually finished six months ahead of schedule.

The $25-million price tag was paid for with grants from FEMA and state insurance funds.

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