School is back in session at A C Blunt Middle School in Aransas Pass. On Monday morning, the school re-opened its doors for more than 350 students, after being closed for more than six months.
Damages from Hurricane Harvey forced the school to close. Six months later, and today was a delayed 'Back to school,' day, but the district said it was worth waiting for.
"It's a beautiful thing, matter of fact, it's a beautiful day in Aransas Pass," said Mark Kemp , the Aransas Pass ISD Superintendent. "For our staff and students and community, to get this campus back open for them, it's been a long time coming."
Before today, middle school students were sharing a space with Charlie Marshall Elementary School and Aransas Pass High School. This meant some challenges in the classroom, including limited space. But now, students and staff have a space to call their own.
Among those looking forward to being back in their own building, is Justin Hodge, a teacher at A C Blunt Middle School of nearly two decades.
"We're going to have our own space," Mr. Hodge said. "We're going to have our own classrooms back, and the kids are going to feel like they have their own home."
Mr. Hodge who teaches life skills says faculty has been prepping their class rooms for a while. Now, the faculty is ready to get back into the swing of things, and ready to teach their students.
For the students who returned, many, including 8th grade student, Joceline Martinez, said getting back into their building, is a good start to the rest of her school year.
"All these three years that I've been here, it's been amazing," Martinez said. "And I'm so glad to actually be back and make more memories with my friends."
Some of the repairs needed to re-open the doors included a new roof, air conditioning, floors, ceilings, furniture, and of course a fresh coat of paint.
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