DAVIESS CO., Ky. (WFIE) - The Daviess County Middle School Panthers are getting a new home. Friday morning was the groundbreaking for the new school.
Superintendent Matt Robbins says the existing middle school is more than 80 years old.
“It’s a multi-story school and it’s our poorest condition school in the current state that it’s in. So it was time for a replacement of that building," said Daviess County School District Superintendent, Matt Robbins.
The superintendent says teachers and staff worked closely to design the building to make it as student-friendly as possible. One teacher says the whole process is an example of how much the staff cares about students.
“And it really means a lot to us that we are able to put in our input and say we’re in this classroom," said Daviess Co. Middle School music teacher, Rebecca Volk. “This is what we actually need.”
Sixth-grader Lanie Frazier is one of the nine hundred students who will get to use the new Daviess County Middle School.
“It’s gonna be exciting to be the first eighth-grade class to go there,” Frazier said.
Including road work and building costs, the superintendent says the brand new school will cost around $40 million.
Volk says being there Friday for the groundbreaking was surreal.
“I actually was a student at Daviess County Middle School, so you know, having been there and teaching there and knowing that there’s just a completely new beginning, and you know it’ll be clean and new and fresh, and I think its really gonna boost the morale for the students,” Volk said.
Superintendent Robbins says the new school should be open by August of 2021.