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February 18, 2003

Valdosta - It's out with the old and in with the new for Valdosta Middle School. "It's a brand new, state of the art facility with a first class gym, library, and we're proud to finally be in," said Martin Roesch, VMS Principal.

It may be halfway through the school year, but to these students and faculty, it's the first day of classes. After watching the school being built from next door, they can finally enjoy its luxuries.

"I love it because its so neat and clean and I hope we can keep it that way," said Brittney Gordon, Student.

"It's so big, almost like a maze and I'm still trying to figure out where everything is," said Simon Adames, Student.

The $12.3 million facility features brand new equipment, the latest in technology, and wide, spacious hallways. "You've got 12 foot wide hallways as opposed to 8 foot in the old school," said Roesch. "Our ceilings are also 16 feet tall as opposed to 10 feet."

One of the most important features of the school is its tight security system, with 43 cameras monitored 24 hours a day. "We also have panic buttons on every door, and after school takes in in the morning, the only door you can enter the building  through is the front entrance by the office," said Roesch.

After almost two years of waiting and even one move-in postponement, after today, students say the new school was well worth the wait.

posted at 1:50PM by ashley.harper@walb.com