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