A celebration Friday marked the end of construction for the Flynn Elementary School -- as well as the first time since September all classmates are back together.
Starting last June, the school has gone through major construction. "I've been here 14 years and this was a really tired beat-up building," said Keith Brown, a 4th grade teacher at the school.
"Now it's snug, it's warm, we have great light -- natural and otherwise -- and we also have a brand new office for increased security and accountability," said Flynn's Principal, Graham Clarke.
While half the building was closed during the construction, grades 3- 5 were bused to St. Joe's everyday for class. Grades K-2 remained at the school in the open wing.
Reporter Ali Freeman: Did you have any friends in 2nd grade you didn't get to see for a while?
Mckenna Wheeler/3rd Grader: It was really hard because I've been friends with a few people for a long time.
Despite the separation, the school remained positive. "What has been amazing is all that work that the adults have done because the kids have been brilliant all the way through and have been focused on their learning and have adapted fabulously," Clarke said.
As soon as the school year ends in June, construction will begin again. The second wing of the school will get a similar facelift and grades K - 2 will be bussed to St. Joe's. Until then, the students and teachers will continue to enjoy having the whole school together.
The entire student body will be back in the completed school by November of next year.
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