Huntington County Community Schools broke ground Monday for a new elementary school in Roanoke.
The current building is about 95 years old and once home to a high school. Two years ago, the district discussed the need for more space and new technology.
Roanoke Elementary School is also at capacity, housing more than 400 students. Last year, the district closed Lancaster and Northwest elementary schools and re-opened Horace Mann Elementary. The new building will help with the growing population in the town and county, district officials said.
“This is going to be great for the Roanoke community give an opportunity for growth and for us to move forward in educating our children,” said Seth Parker, principal of Roanoke Elementary School.
The former building will be used for the next two school years. Students and staff will move to the new building in the Fall of 2020. Once the move is complete, the old school will be demolished and turned into a parking lot. District officials said it was cheaper to do demolition than renovations on the old building.