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School revamped for younger students

DANVILLE -- Monday was the first day of school at East Park Elementary. Students and staff came back to something new.
DANVILLE -- Monday was the first day of school at East Park Elementary. Students and staff came back to something new. WCIA-3's Jessica Shaw finds out more.

East Park saw some big changes over the summer. The building used to be for middle-schoolers, so it went through renovations to make it better for pre-K to 5th graders currently attending. It's a new year and a new look for East Park Elementary.

"They've got their new supplies, their new school shoes, their new clothes, and they're walking into a building that looks welcoming and ready for them to start something fresh and brand new."

Crews spent the summer redoing the school. They ripped out the old middle school lockers to make more room, put in windows with better tinting, painted walls to match school colors and more.

"Redid the gym and music room so things look good there. It's more elementary-friendly in the building."

Students definitely noticed the change. The biggest hit?

"The bathroom. There's a lever on the side and it goes from cold to hot." "You don't have to press anything. It's all automatic and it's all really cool."

The $12.5 million renovation on East Park is the last of three projects the city set its sights on. Crews are still completing the cafeteria and putting finishing touches on the sidewalks. While students and staff are counting down to the finish, they're enjoying what they have right now.

"You feel like you're more happy and in a better space."

Officials say the rest of the work is on-time and on-budget. Workers hope to get the air conditioning up-and-running soon and expect everything to be completed by winter break.
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