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New G.C. Burkhead Elementary School prepares to open its doors

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a scramble of poster boards, pencils and piled-up furniture at a new school in Hardin County. 

With only two days until kids return, we're learning about the new features and the two things that won't be done on Day One. 

When Garrett Milby takes his seat Wednesday, he won't just be studying history: he'll be a part of it, as part of the first class at the new G.C. Burkhead Elementary School.

"It smells new and really looks new," Milby said. "It looks really good."

The fourth grader is pretty candid about why he likes the new campus. 

"At least no moldy stains," he said.

Were there moldy stains at the old school?

"Uhhh...yeah," Milby said.

The old G.C. Burkhead Elementary School still stands a few blocks away, built in 1968. Over time, leaders say the design of five unattached buildings became a hassle and a safety risk for kids.

"You would have to walk from a pathway outside to other buildings," Milby said. "I would have to wear a jacket and make sure I didn't step in puddles, and now I can just walk inside and be okay."

The district spent $16 million over the last 16 months building the new school. 

"There's seating for them to have classes outside," said Principal Melissa Case.

But it looks like construction may come down to the last 16 minutes before the first bell. 

"We have contractors in the building working on everything from HVAC, to lighting, to items in the kitchen and last minute touch ups on tile," Case said. "Everything is going on. It's kind of a boisterous atmosphere, but it's full of energy and excitement."

The school expects 700 students one day one and we found staff in a mad dash to prepare their new rooms. 

"Pinterist is a teacher's best friend," said Jennifer Sullenbarger, a second grade teacher. "Everything in the room is Pinterist, period."  

Nonetheless the library and cafeteria will not be ready on time. 

"Our lunches will be brought in from the old facility while the coolers are still being installed," Case said. "The cafeteria will be accessible for students to eat in. We have all the classrooms ready, bathrooms, anything you'd need to have ready to be able to start school with."

And that's good enough for Garrett.

"We kind of stomped around before the parking lot was finished," Milby said.

Because when you're 10, what's better than something new?

The school will hold an open house on Tuesday, Aug. 4, for Kindergarten students from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for First through Fifth graders. The school is located at 1323 St. John Road in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

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