JONES COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Jones County Middle and High School teachers spent Monday learning how to use new technology that will be put to use in their new 46 million dollar school that is in the final stages of construction.
"The technology will go with them versus them just being able to use it in the classroom. The middle School students will have one-to-one computers next year, which we have not had, so that's going to be a big change for all of us" said Lorin Grimmett, a middle school media teacher.
New laptops and smart T.V.'s will advance education, teachers say, but even bigger changes are on the horizon. Jones county lost their middle school to hurricane Florence flooding, forcing the middle school students into the high school for the past 6 months.
"They've done a really great job at coming together" said Lisa Kinsey, a 10th grade language arts teacher.
It was already planned that the middle and high school would all be together at the new school. That shift to share a building came sooner than expected, in a smaller space, because of Florence. Space limitations have caused class scheduling challenges.
"Coming from the middle school, It's been kind of bittersweet because it's like we're not the middle school. We are, but not on our campus" added Grimmett.
The 200 middle schoolers who lost their school will have a new one this fall, along with more than 300 high schoolers and 200 elementary students.
Jones County Schools' superintendent Michael Bracy says they’re fortunate that the new school's construction stayed on schedule to be complete August 1st, despite Hurricane Florence and a wet winter.