The school bell will ring Monday for the first time at the new Marsh Fork Elementary School in Raleigh County. The 250 students who will attend had a chance to get a sneak peak of thier new educational digs on Friday.
The school’s construction was born out of conroversey. The old school was located dangeorusly near a coal treatment plant. The proximety caused controversey which generated national attention on the small school.
Massey Energy who at the time owned the processing plan donated $1.5 Million to the Raleigh County Board of Education to build the new school which is located several miles away at Rock Creek.
School officials say the new location offers the most cutting edge classroom technology any where. Each classroom is equipped with modern “smartboard” technology and other 21st Century amenities.
Members of the community were thrilled during Friday’s open house. The school features the same school colors and mascot as the old Marsh Fork High School. The preservation of the history of the Marsh Fork School pleased many who were on hand for the walk through. A framed Marsh Fork High School letterman’s jacket hangs in the entry to the new building.