A ribbon cutting ceremony and open house was held Thursday night at the new Morrison Elementary, which will be ready to open with the start of school.
Former Director of Schools, Dr. Jerry Hale humored the crowd when he said, “Well, they said it would be a hot day in August when Morrison would get a new school. Well, here it is.”
Morrison principal Kim Cantrell cut the lime green ribbon with County Executive John Pelham, former Director of Schools Dr. Jerry Hale, Director of Schools Bobby Cox, Morrison Mayor Sue Anderson, past and present members of the School Board, and Morrison teachers, students and parents in attendance.
Cantrell was thrilled with what she called a “fabulous turnout of over 700 people.” She thanked all those involved in the project, including the current School Board, former School Board, Warren County Commission, Red Chair Architects, Biscan Construction, all Morrison parents and students and the Morrison community in general for all their support in seeing this come to fruition.
Everyone in attendance participated in a student-led “Pledge of Allegiance” before the dignitaries in attendance gave speeches.
Mayor Anderson said, “What a great day for Morrison, Tenn., the opening of a new school. I believe Morrison School has the best teachers in the district. Most of all, I thank the community for their support. We are so fortunate to have a brand new library and a new school and to live in a community with people who are so supportive. I am proud to say I live in Morrison, Tenn.”
When asked what she liked about the new school, Anderson replied, “It’s large. It has a great gym. There are lots of computers. The classrooms are large and the layout of the new school is very well organized.”
Cantrell concurred saying many people told her the school was beautifully designed.
It was hard for Cantrell to narrow down to only one thing she liked best about the new school. “I don’t know if I can pick just one thing. That’s hard. If I have to pick one thing it will be the fact we are all under one roof now. The old building had been added on to and we were separate, but here we are all together,” said Cantrell.