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Finishing touches placed on new Taylorsville Elementary School day before classes begin

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Construction of a new elementary school in Taylorsville is coming down to the wire. 

Kids will rush through the door Wednesday morning at the new Taylorsville Elementary School, and on the day before, it's a mad dash to get ready in time. 

You remember the old time tests from math class: the ones where you had like no time to do as much work as possible. That lesson has come to life for the faculty and staff at the new school.

"We're working 14-hour days, making sure we get everybody in and get things working," said principal Steven Rucker. 

"I have scrubbed and cleaned and thought and stayed awake all night," said Lissi Petersen, who is on the cafeteria staff.

"The stress is high, but we all see the payoff coming in the end," Rucker said.

With the first bell hours away, teachers are still moving in. Classrooms are complete, the gym is finished and so is the cafeteria. But the library is still in boxes and contractors are all over the building painting, drilling and even installing a few windows. 

"A building doesn't make a great school," Rucker said. "Teachers and students make a great school."

Rucker says the school will be fully operational, meaning safe for kids on Day One, but not fully complete until September. Nonetheless, students like Lola Holmes can't wait. She stopped by a day early to meet her teacher.

A new school is a big deal in a small town.

"I mean, we have all new equipment. We had old antique stuff," said Lissi. "It will be great. Awesome. We're very excited."

All the students from the old Taylorsville Elementary School will move to the new school, along with about 130 students redistricted from Spencer County Elementary. 

The school was designed to turn every space into a learning space, even going as far as to place flat screen monitors in the hallways. 

"So even our hallway space can be used for academic instruction," Rucker said. "So an intervention teacher or a GT teacher can take a group of students and they can land anywhere in this school and have a full lesson."

It's taken 18 months and $22 million to reach this point. 

And students already have their first assignment: a morning assembly, bright and early, at 8:40 a.m. 

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