CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield County has opened its newest elementary school. The new Enon Elementary School was built in the same place as the original building that was 80 years old.
“It was hard to even sleep last night, it’s a renewed energy," explained kindergarten teacher Tina Collins. “When they come in and they see everything we can do, and they see our Chrombook stations, I want them to be excited about learning and all the possibilities this is going to bring.”
Chesterfield approved four news schools, including Enon, in 2013 to ease overcrowding from the county’s rapid growth.
“What makes Enon is not the building but the people, but we were we were due for a new building and it’s exciting this day is here.," said school board member Carrie Coyner, who also attended Enon as a child.
Coyner says the school is full of new things, but part of the foundation, a little bit of old, was incorporated into the new building.
“In our entrance of our school [these] are the original bricks from the original elementary school when it was first built," she explained.
Groundbreaking on the new school was held in September 2017, and students have been temporarily taking classes at Marguerite Christian Elementary while Enon was under construction.
“I think I am even more excited than the kids!” said one mom, “I think even the learning environment will change with the new stuff and new technology.”
The county redistricted schools at the beginning of the school year, which means the schools will be under capacity.
Chesterfield is on schedule to open two other schools - Old Hundred and Matoaca. Beulah opened in August.