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Preston County Schools Make New Dedications Wednesday

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In 1985 Ronald Reagan was President, Arch Moore, Jr. was West Virginia's governor, and after a flood ravaged Rowlesburg, temporary classroom trailers were installed at the Rowlesburg School.

After Rowlesburg, the trailers spent more than 20 years at Kingwood Elementary, until now.

On Wednesday, Preston County Schools made dedications at two elementary schools. The projects are the fruits of a nearly $40-million bond passed in 2010.

In Kingwood, a new building will house five classrooms full of kindergarten and pre-school children.

Wednesday morning students and teachers piled into Kingwood Elementary School's auditorium for the dedication of its building. Like most new schools, it's one full of technology.

"We live in a world now where technology is a part of their education," said Principal Jill Zeigler. "Education without technology is sub-standard now. Our children will be getting the best of the best from Pre-K right on up."

Smart Boards and Wi-Fi are just a few of the building's bells and whistles.

Principal Zeigler said teachers are excited to get into their new rooms, and adds that for the young students technology will be along each step of their education now.

"They're getting a new middle school, so as these children get older they'll be going to the middle school and the technology will be state-of-the-art when they get there, so they will be better prepared for the future," said Zeigler.

The building isn't quite ready to see students yet. Superintendent Dr. Larry Parsons said a few finishing touches will keep students out for a few more weeks, but Parsons hopes to move in by Easter.

Principal Zeigler is excited for that day.

"I can't wait to get our children in here, I'm sure we'll have some bumps along the way we'll have to work out, I'm not sure what those will be, but It's a very exciting process," said Zeigler.

The second dedication took place at Fellowsville Elementary. There a renovation and addition gives the school remodeled offices and a remodeled classroom, on top of two new classrooms and a computer lab.