Emily GirschSep 5, 2017, 12:36 pm

Newly renovated Washington School in Milburn opens on time for first day of classes

Building was formerly school for special needs children before BOE voted in favor of $25.6 million project last year


Washington School opened for its first day of classes Tuesday morning, meeting a deadline school officials cautiously waited for.

"Would we have liked for it to be ready earlier? Yes but I think we pulled it off and made sure it was safe and ready for our students to start school today," says School Superintendent Christine Burton.

The school for fifth graders was formerly a school for special needs children. The board voted in favor of a $25.6 million renovation project last year and the community backed the proposal.

"It was an effort of all sorts of teams pulling together to get this building open on time," says Board of Education member Regina Truitt.

The hard work seemed to have paid off with a ribbon cutting ceremony taking off at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

"With the leadership here I had no doubt that everything was going to be successful and here we are," says parent Susi Frier.

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