WRA Architects Designed Tyler ISD Moore MST Magnet School Ribbon Cutting

The first day of school is just one week away for many East Texas students, and for some that also means they'll be in a new building for a new year.

Moore MST Magnet Middle School in Tyler is gearing-up for a ribbon-cutting on it's new building Monday evening.

Moore's state-of-the-art labs, an open floor plan, and an overlook from the 3rd floor down onto the main entrance are just a few of the new features students will notice. Principal Claude Lane explained what the new complex means to the community. 

"This is our first opportunityto be in a facility that matches our performance, we've performed well for a long time and now we're going to be able to reach to the next level," Lane said.

The new Moore building cost more than $30 million to construct, and is one of three Tyler ISD middle schools opening new facilities in the next week: Boulter and Three Lakes Middle are the others.

Moore earned six distinctions in the latest state accountability report; Lane said academics are the top priority which the new building will help foster.

"I think about what our real responsibility is about and that's to make a difference in the lives of kids at this point in their you know in their age and I'm thinking that's even more awesome," Lane said.

The ribbon-cutting at Moore will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday, and will feature members of the community as well as the great-grandson of the school's namesake, J.R. Moore.

Alex Osiadacz | KTRE.com