NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Crews are in the home stretch to complete the brand new $18.5 million Green Valley Elementary School before the first day of class  Thursday.

The school’s principal, Brian Kehrer, walked through the building Friday to check on the progress. All the sod is laid out, and the exterior of the building was being power washed. Workers were painting, cleaning, sealing the gym floor and installing fixtures inside.

“I’m not sure words can explain how excited and proud we are of this new building,” Kehrer said.

From top to bottom, everything is new. And Kehrer hopes that will bring a new excitement to learning.

“Student achievement is going to come with that,” he said. “Because when you’re in a facility that is this nice, you’re not distracted.”

More furniture, books, classroom items and technology will be delivered soon.

The new school was built right behind the old one. District leaders are currently reviewing bids from different contractors to demolish the old building at a later date.

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