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Madison County students return to renovated schools

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MADISON COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - On the first day of school Wednesday, construction continued in the Madison County School District.

Nearly every school in the district got a facelift over the summer through a $61 million bond issue.

While not all construction was completed by the first day of school, it didn't disrupt classes.

Ann Smith Elementary in Ridgeland is receiving some of the most dramatic renovations. The fast-growing school has four new classrooms and an expanded cafeteria, as well as a new administrative building. One of the oldest buildings in the district, it's also getting a new facade.

Some exterior construction still needs to be completed, but all interior construction was finished by August 11th, the first day of school. The principal calls it, "the miracle on Pear Orchard."

"We all walked down the hall [Wednesday] morning with a bit of awe as we looked because we couldn't believe all the things that had happened and all the changes that had been made so I think teachers are even more excited this year about a new start, a new beginning," said Ann Smith principal Kathy Rigsby.

While the district has more students this year, it also has fewer teachers because of budget cuts.

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