Opp opens new elementary school

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Brand-spanking new, high tech and emotional.

"There is a lot of pride...," Opp City School Assistant Superintendent Emily Edgar said before becoming emotional.

"This is a much safer facility," said Superintendent Michael Smithart.

Construction on the new Opp Elementary School started a little more than a year ago. Now that it's finished, it replaces South Highland Elementary which is more than 50 years old. Add it up and you're talking old for a school that's seen better days.

"When it rained our roof leaked and we had to step around buckets," said first grader teacher Macie Taylor.

The city of Opp imposed a one-cent sales tax to pay for the new school which will have more than 500 children from pre-k through 4. The price tag was around $10 million and school officials say they got smart. Instead of paying to have their stuff moved from the old school to the new one, they borrowed all the muscles they could muster from athletes at the city high school to move desks and chairs. You name it, they did it.

"We had the girls basketball team here helping and they worked out. It's a wonderful environment. It's quiet and beautiful," said Edgar.

Perfect for learning and growing in a new school. Classes begin August 10th.

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