By Tina Alvey
“This school is absolutely amazing,” Doug Clemons summed up the new Lewisburg Elementary School.
As an associate superintendent of schools in Greenbrier County, Clemons said he has had the opportunity to visit many of the state’s educational institutions and believes LES and many of his county’s other schools compare quite favorably.
“I don’t know of any system in West Virginia that has more pretty schools than we do,” he said.
The replacement of Lewisburg Elementary was part of a $37.7 million bond package approved by Greenbrier County voters in November 2008.
Included in the funding were recently completed major additions and renovations to Greenbrier West High School and construction of a new Rainelle Elementary School, slated to wrap up later this school year.
Other school building projects in the bond package were construction of an auxiliary gymnasium at Eastern Greenbrier Middle School and health and safety updates to Smoot Elementary School.
After attending a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony Friday morning at Lew-isburg Elementary, Clemons said of the school, “It’s a testament to Greenbrier County taxpayers and what they’ve done for the kids, the investment they’ve made in education.”
Speakers at the Friday ceremony included Schools Superintendent Sallie Dalton; her immediate predecessor in office, John Curry; and Kathy King, president of the Greenbrier County Board of Education.
Each speaker expressed appreciation for the support of the county’s taxpayers in shouldering the responsibility for funding educational projects like Lewisburg Elementary.
In a statement issued earlier, Dalton said, “This facility represents the hopes and dreams of all of our citizens to provide our students and families in Greenbrier County with schools that offer the best possible learning environment, that are child-centered and encourage community and family involvement throughout the years.”
Clemons noted, “It’s just amazing the difference between the new school and the old. The kids are really appreciative.”
Clemons said he took on bus duty at the school on the term’s opening day and enjoyed seeing the smiles on the students’ faces as they arrived at their new school.
As a symbol of their appreciation, all of the school’s students signed a huge “thank you” card for the community, which will be displayed at the Greenbrier County Courthouse.
Tours of the new school, just off West Washington Street in Lewisburg, are scheduled for Oct. 13 at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.; Oct. 25 at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.; and Nov. 19 at 2 and 3 p.m.
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