Center Point Elementary ready to move into new building

CENTER POINT, Ala. (WIAT) — The school year is almost over, but at Center Point Elementary School kids are just getting their first look at classrooms.

It’s only April, but Monday looks and feels like the first day of school.

Teachers gave tours because the kids visiting the school were there for the first time.

But that’s because the school is brand new, built to replace the old one destroyed in an EF-3 tornado in 2012.

“It was really scary, but I was so thankful to the Lord that the kids weren’t at school, that the tornado hit at the time of day that it hit,” Chekena Thomas said.

The school was torn down, and students and faculty moved in with Erwin Intermediate School. At one point there we 1800 kids in one location, which made for some crowded classrooms.

“It was 44, because both of our classes had 22 people in it,” second grade student Kristian Stinson said.

The school was rebuilt with basically the same floor plan.

Students seeing it for the first time pointed out their favorite classroom – the art room.

However, their teachers and principal tell CBS42 they’re just happy to finally be home, which is what they’ll be able to call it really soon.

There’s just a few empty classrooms left. Just a few loads of furniture and boxes remain at Erwin Intermediate, and then they’ll be completely ready for school in the new building.

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