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New West High School building set to open

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WEST, TX (KXXV) -

The start of the new school year is just a few weeks away, and for one central Texas community, this year has a lot of meaning.

After the 2013 explosion in West that destroyed and damaged hundreds of buildings, including the high school building, the city has worked for years to rebuild. In just a few weeks, the new high school building in West will open to students.

"When [the explosion] happened I told the citizens, 'it's going to be a marathon not a sprint,'" said Tommy Muska, mayor of West. "You've got to give the school board and administration the credit for staying focused and getting this project, this new campus built." 

After the explosion students were back in school, working in portables for three years while construction on the new high school and middle school building started.

"It's not the building that educates a kid, it's the teachers and the parents. But to have a permanent structure to go to, a brick and mortar permanent structure is going to mean a lot to these kids, faculty and administration," Muska said.

Muska said many of the students have not attended high school where there are hallways, because they were in portables for three years.

The school officially opens on August 24th, the first day of school. In the meantime, crews will be finishing up the landscaping and last minute touches inside the building.

"It's a beautiful campus," Muska said. "They didn't have parking places over at the temporary campus so the kids will actually have a space and that's kind of neat."

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