NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) - Thousands of New Albany-Floyd County returned to class Thursday.

The school corporation includes one early learning center, nine elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, one vocational center, and one adult center. 

Among those is the brand new Green Valley Elementary School, where staff and students were excited about their new building and high-tech equipment. 

“It’s fun for our students, and it’s fun for our staff," said Green Valley's principal, Dr. Brian Kehrer. "Our staff deserved this a long time ago, and our students deserved this many years ago. So we are proud to welcome them to a clean, brand new facility. New technology, increased safety. Words can’t explain how excited we are."

The new school was built right behind the old one. Although starting fresh, Kehrer said they hope to preserve and honor the old school. 

"We brought very few things," Kehrer said. "The biggest thing we’re going to bring is the memories. We want to honor those who went to Green Valley and taught there for a number of years, since 1958.”

Students attending Prosser Career Center on Charlestown Road will have to work around a construction zone.

A new section on an upper floor is under construction, and scheduled to open in 2019, but other parts of the building are ready for students.

"It’s still under construction," said Alan Taylor, Prosser's director of career and technical education. "We know we’re going to be inconvenienced for about another year but it will not impact the quality education we provide students. So we’re ready to go."

Taylor said virtually every school in the district sends students to Prosser. 

"It’s the largest career center - and the best career center - in southern Indiana," he said. 

Along with the thousands of students heading back, almost 700 teachers return for another year. 113 buses will transport nearly 10,000 students.

High schools began at 7:40 a.m., middle schools started at 9 a.m. and elementary schools started at 8 a.m.

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