Center Point Elementary students given new space at Erwin Interm

Center Point Elementary students given new space at Erwin Intermediate

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

It is a big day for people in Center Point. After a tornado destroyed Center Point Elementary in January 2012, students were forced to go to Erwin Intermediate. Now, with the help of a new wing, there is room for everyone.

The new Erwin Intermediate is right next to the old building, so students and teachers did not have to go very far. Students have been in the new Erwin Intermediate building since January, but this morning officials had the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The new building is 85,000 square feet. It features 30 classrooms, a new state-of-the-art media center, computer lab, and administrative suite. The new school cost $9.6 million and was partly paid for by a federal grant.

Principal Angela Watkins says the community really came together to help those in need after the tornado.

"We really just joined in as a family. We had to make some tough decisions and some quick decisions. Once those decisions were made, then we knew what to do. The community wrapped around us and helped us make that transition," said Watkins.

Center Point Elementary students will stay at the old Erwin Intermediate until their school is rebuilt. It is scheduled to be finished this fall.

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