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Students, community leaders tour new Belton ISD elementary school

Posted at 6:09 PM, May 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 19:42:59-04

BELTON, TX — Just under a dozen third and fourth graders got to walk the halls of their new school for the first time on Tuesday.

In the fall, the Joe M. Pirtle Elementary School students will move on to continue their educations at Charter Oak Elementary School.

Elected officials and community leaders also had the opportunity to join the kids for their first look at the newly completed elementary school.

"These kids were so excited about everything. They wanted to touch and feel it all and explore. And it was just so much fun to see their reactions and their faces," said Dr. Susan Kincannon, Belton ISD superintendent.

Belton ISD school officials said the school has been in the works for just over two years.

In May 2017, officials said the community approved a bond program to support the construction of new schools.

The 83,500 square foot campus which cost just under $16.8 million will support 800 students. The school also has what they consider adaptable learning spaces with common areas featuring transparency into the classrooms and a special needs accessible playground.

On Thursday, Charter Oak teachers, administrators and campus staff will host an official sneak peek event for students and their families.