PERRY -- No one is more excited about a new school going up here than Elgin Mayfield.
Mayfield drives by the site almost every day, watching workers lay concrete and assemble the skeleton of the $14.2 million building he will lead. As principal of the new Langston Road Elementary School, Mayfield was familiar with the project long before Wednesdays ceremony.
Officials broke ground on the new school building in Perry, which is scheduled to open in August 2014.
Every principal dreams of opening their own school, said Mayfield, now principal of Perry Primary School. But more than that, its such a great facility for the students and the Perry community.
The building, funded by an education sales tax initiative, will hold 775 prekindergarten through fifth-grade students. It comes at a time when the Houston County school systems enrollment is growing.
Langston Road Elementary will replace Perry Primary, but it will host a melting pot of students from various Perry area schools, which will be rezoned, officials said.
At nearly 93,000 square feet, the school will have 47 classrooms, including a gym and a media center.
While the shell of the school already is standing, Wednesdays ceremony officially introduced the project to the community.
This is a beautiful, beautiful facility, and its going to generate a lot of pride through our system and through our community, said Robin Hines, superintendent of Houston County schools. We have the best facilities anywhere, and our kids are the best kids anywhere, and they deserve this.
The new school, like the road where its located, bears Jerry Langstons family name.
Were very happy -- our parents wouldve been very proud of it, Langston said, especially because they always supported education.
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