Students, parents, staff, and dignitaries celebrated the opening of the new Morris P-8 by holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, August 4th
to show off the $32 million campus which is situated beside the Huntsville Botanical Garden. An excited crowd was on hand in the new gymnasium, which doubles as a storm shelter, to kick-off the event.
Morris P-8 Principal Patricia Boyd said that it was amazing to see how quickly the building was completed, adding that her students “peered out windows to see what was going up next” during construction. Even though there was undoubtedly more going on behind the scenes, she says that it took about a year for the visible part of the process to be finished. When asked about moving to the new school, Ms. Boyd stated that “so many other schools have gone before us, so we were able to benefit from that.” Teachers and staff were packing throughout the previous school year to make the final move easier.
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“It’s a continuation of their excellence,” says District 4 Board Member Walker McGinnis, adding that “Morris has always been blessed with good leadership.” He would like to see the new building help that tradition of leadership and excellence continue with the addition of new teachers, students, and staff. Mr. McGinnis says that it will also help the surrounding community continue to blossom.
Kim Lewis, the Vice-Chair of Economic Development for the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce, was also on-hand for the event. She says that “our schools are our foundation […], so we’ve got to make sure that they
have a good foundation.” The new facilities and technologies that Morris P-8 offers to students will go a long way to support that. Ms. Lewis also adds that this is one step among many that will help to make Huntsville City Schools competitive, not just in Alabama but across the nation.