New schools open in Austintown

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Two new elementary schools opened Wednesday for the first day of school in Austintown. One is a K through second grade building and the other a third through fifth grade building.

The buildings combined will house 2,300 students. The new schools cost $50 million and were paid for through a 2.9 mil bond issue from 2010.

The district consolidated the schools, going from four elementary buildings to two. The new classrooms are state of the art with touch screen TVs, new computers and sounds systems.

“We’re very excited about this first day. It has taken years to get to this point, a lot of people working together to finally get to opening day and starting our 2013-2014 year,” said Principal Tom Lenton. “We’re very, very excited about what we’re going to offer boys and girls and families.”

There will also be a police officer in each building at all times.

New this year, Idaho road connects with New Road, making it easier for commuters. Previously, the road was a dead ended at Fitzgerald Avenue. The $750,000 road project was funded by the school, township, county commissioners and the Ohio Public Works Commission.

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