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New Flora Elementary School opening Tuesday night

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The new Flora Elementary School will open Tuesday night The new Flora Elementary School will open Tuesday night

By: Laura Hettiger / News 4

FLORA, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- After 17 years of planning and several budgetary delays, the new Flora Elementary School in Flora, Illinois, will officially open Tuesday night in a 7:00 ribbon cutting ceremony.

According to Superintendent Dr. Joel Hackney, the planning for the new building began in 1998. Unfortunately for Flora students, the Illinois budget crisis put the project on hold several years. Dr. Hackney said he got a call from state officials in August 2013 that Flora received the money for the school. Ground was broken in March 2014. After what Dr. Hackney calls 16 months of “aggressive, but realistic” construction on the site, the school is ready for the 2015-2016 school year.

The Flora district received a grant to finance 75 percent of the $30 million school. The remaining $8 million was generated by taxes in the City of Flora.

This school year, there will be between 800 and 900 Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade students, but the superintendent says the building can hold up to 1,600 students. Another 150 faculty and staff members will work at the building located just north of the Flora High School football field.

The first day of school for the Flora School District is Monday, August 24.

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