One central Nebraska community is marking the beginning of a new school year in a big way.
With the snip of the scissors, anxious community members take a first look at the addition and renovation of North Park Elementary school in Broken Bow.
Starting next week, around 350 students will enjoy eleven new classrooms, a new gym, and spruced up facilities in the old part of the school.
This day has been a long time coming after two failed bond issues and a year of construction, but some say it's all been worth it.
"We're very excited for this building, for the new gym, the new classrooms, it'll be great," said North Park parent Belinda Chaplin. "We're just so excited for this improvement, we've needed it for a long time."
"It's fabulous! It's very exciting to have this day here that we officially open the building," said North Park Elementary Principal Kim Jonas. "Of course it will be even more exciting next Monday when kids are in the building."
Over 200,000 extra dollars were raised for the playground equipment and finishing the gym.
School starts for Broken Bow's North Park Elementary August 19.