HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Students in Hardin County go back to class Thursday, but several hundred children will start the year at one school and finish in another. 

Construction is in the final stages at Cecilia Valley Elementary School where Howevalley Elementary students will move in a few months. The new $15.5 million school is a two-story building located off of Main Street in Cecilia.

The district broke ground last summer. The slated completion date is in October.

"We're starting to get the lights in. They'll put the ceiling in soon," said Hardin County Schools' Chief Operations Officer John Stith.

Stith said the 35-classroom facility will serve 300 students, with room to grow to 600.

"I think the folks at Howevalley are beyond ready to move in," Stith said.

But they'll have to wait until January, in part to give teachers enough time to move.

Students will start the school year at Howevalley, which was built in 1938 and shows many signs of aging. But when they move to Cecilia Valley, those same teachers and students will have access to the latest technology in the district. Instead of a white board or a "Smart Board" projector, each classroom comes with a new "interactive board."

"This board will be more like an iPad, like a TV on the wall, that students can interact with, move things up and down on the screen," Stith said.

Other new features include a "clear story" lined with windows to conserve energy with extra natural light.

The school's front entrance also boasts extra security.

"This is a secure vestibule," Stith said. "When you come into the building, you'll be met by a set of doors, and you'll be forced into an administration suite."

Officials know it's not exactly convenient to uproot classrooms in the middle of the year but said it will be worth it.

"Moving is never easy, but teachers are troopers, and when you're going from a building that's past its prime to a brand new facility, there's some energy there," Stith said. "We'll take some district personnel as well and make the transition as smooth and as easy as possible."

The district said students will likely move into the new school after winter break.


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