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      Margaret Wills Elementary debuts new wing

      Finishing touches are being made on new construction happening at schools across the region. One of those is Margaret Wills Elementary, who got a major facelift with an added wing.

      When parents and students arrive for their meet and greet tonight, they'll notice an added addition. A new wing that the Amarillo Independent School District school board allocated funds for last spring. It's two stories, with eight new classrooms, a music room and office.

      "The classrooms are huge the space is wonderful. Storage closets off the classroom so that everything in the classroom so that everything in the classroom can be things that they really need for learning," said Wills Elementary Principal, Chris Altman.

      The new wing will house pre-k and first graders on the first floor and fifth graders on the second.

      "We are in old building with a lot of charm with a lot of things from the 1920's so now our pre-k classrooms have restrooms which means are 4 year olds don't have to leave and wonder down the hall by themselves to go to the restroom," said Altman.

      The construction of the new wing started last fall, and while there are a few touch ups, it's pretty much completed.

      "The level of excitement is unbelievable as kids come in with their school supplies ready to see their classroom and meet their new teacher".

      Not only are the classrooms bigger, but they have storage closets and lights that dim to make sure using their smartboards is easier. Excitement from both the teachers and students to begin the 2013 - 2014 school year off on the right foot.