Last spring saw the end of an era with the closing of Weirton Heights, Liberty and Broadview elementary schools.
Sunday will see the beginning of a new one for students with the official dedication of Weirton Elementary.
Hancock County officials and invited guests will formally cut the ribbon at 1 p.m. Sunday in the school's gymnasium. The public is invited, and we encourage area residents to attend and take the opportunity to look around and see where Weirton's grade school students will spend their school days for years to come.
The 105,000-square-foot building will be the home for learning for more than 900 pupils in pre-kindergarten through the fourth grade, with pupils divided into areas depending on their grade level.
It is the result of Hancock County voters' support of a bond levy in 2010. We feel residents will agree that vote and the work over the last four years has been worth it.
The school will feature two computer labs, 10 laptop labs and five iPad labs. The entire building also is wireless, features a state-of-the art security system and will have a full-time prevention resource officer from the Hancock County Sheriff's Department.
The educational landscape is constantly changing, and we believe Weirton Elementary will be just what our pupils need to help them start out on their modern educational path.
We encourage Weirton residents to make use of Sunday's ceremony to take one more look around the new school, as well as an opportunity on Aug. 15 for parents and pupils to meet their teachers and get used to their new bus schedules and class routines.
We also take this opportunity to wish the best to Principal Frank Carey, Assistant Principals Andrea Dulaney and Derek VanDyke and all the school's teachers and staff.
This is an exciting time for our area's educational system, and we look forward to seeing what Weirton Elementary will offer our pupils and community.