Pitt County Schools cuts the ribbon on new Chicod School

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A nearly 90-year-old local school cut the ribbon Thursday on a much-anticipated expansion project.

Pitt County educators and officials celebrated the opening of the new Chicod School building on the campus of the original school that dates back to 1929.

School board officials say they've been trying to update the 89-year-old school for decades, and were finally able to break ground on a state-of-the-art building in 2016.

The new facility features 61,000 square feet of space, including 12 new classrooms, a gymnasium and media center, and modern technology in every classroom.

"The students are now able to access the necessary technology, which beforehand was disabling us from doing so," says Principal Mike Pollard. "So now, with accessing that new technology, we can better prepare them for life in the 21st century."

Teachers and students have been transitioning to the new building over the last several weeks.