(WBIR-Greenback) With the new semester will soon come a new school for the small community of Greenback.
"It's one of the greatest places I've ever been. I love Greenback," said teacher Leslie Holmes, who called the K-12 school home for four years.
However, her new classroom will soon be a few hundred yards away, in a new 148,000 square foot building.
"I love the sense of family -- you feel that immediately when you come into the school," she added.
Teachers and faculty of the Loudon County school spent Wednesday learning about the new building, what will be offered, and what each room will have.
While the actual first day of classes in the new school is two weeks away, these educators are ready to go.
"Most of the teachers have been spending time packing up and getting their things inside boxes and deciding what to bring over here. Trying to be real selective," teacher Holmes said.
According to Director of Schools Jason Vance, the idea of a new building to replace the eight-decades old building started about a decade ago. Since then, the planning, the funding, and the means to get the school has been a struggle. However, it's a struggle, Vance said, that paid off.
"I think the whole community is excited -- has great zeal and tearing to get in," Vance said.
The building includes the traditional and non-traditional -- including custom lunch tables designed for Greenback.
"This school is state-of-the-art. It's got cabinetry space for teachers which they love. It's got ample space for kids, natural day lighting, all the latest and greatest technology they can ever have," Vance added.
While these teachers will soon say farewell to the old building, many are ready to step through new doors this month.
"It is sad to say goodbye, but everyone knows we're more than ready to have a new school," teacher Holmes said.
An open house for the new Greenback School is slated for January 21st.