Roughly 13,000 students attend first day of school in Bullitt Co - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Roughly 13,000 students attend first day of school in Bullitt County

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The bell sounded on a new school year in Bullitt County Wednesday, but the students may have been tempted to trade their books and pens for earplugs and dust masks.

Some high school students are seeing a very different campus. New additions are going up at Bullitt Central, North Bullitt and Bullitt East high schools.

"Literally, where the bulldozer sits right now was our tennis courts up until Memorial Day of this year, and its been moving and changing fastly," said Willie Foster, principal of Bullitt East H.S.

The sounds of progress echo through Taylor Blain's senior trigonometry class.

"It's noisy," Blain said. "It's kind of getting annoying and stuff, but our teachers keep our attention pretty well, so I've been staying focused when they're talking."

Jeff Bowles, a teacher at Bullitt East H.S., says it's all worth it.

"I told them it would be over at the end of school and that we'd live through it and make it better next year," Bowles said.

Construction also moved the bus pick-up and drop-off location to make way for deliveries and heavy equipment.

Principal Foster says it's a slight inconvenience for an incredible gain: six new classrooms tailored for technology and trade training.

"In Bullitt County in 2015, every student has to be college and career ready to get a diploma," he said. "They truly have to have the ACT benchmark or complete a career pathway."

"I think it's great," Blain said. "My little sister and brother will be here when it's going on. So it's cool they will get to have that even though I didn't get to experience it."

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