CALDWELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV ) - A day after the ribbon was cut on a new middle school in Caldwell County, more than 500 students came in for the first day of school.
The William Lenoir Middle School is not part of a new district, just a new facility for the the William Lenoir Middle School community.
"It is state of the art," said principal Lisa Vaughn.
The $14.5 million school is the first one designed from the ground up in Caldwell County for middle school students. Other middle schools have been housed in refurbished, older, high school buildings.
Superintendent Steve Stone says the new school is filled with the latest technology and with other learning opportunities, students will "be able to compete with anyone in North Carolina and across the nation."
Stone says what people see in the new school, "Is the prototype to what we will see in all the classrooms in Caldwell County."
The new school facility was more than a decade in the planning but Stone says it was built on budget, on time, and without a tax increase for county residents.
Stone said, "We fulfilled what we promised."