It's been years in the making after voters in Pampa passed a $47 million bond in 2006. Friday, the school district's new administration building opened it's doors for all to see.
In May construction started on the old Alberston's building in Pampa. In December, staff members were finally able to move into the 60,000 sq. ft. building. It's bigger and better. When you walk into the building you can still smell the fresh paint.
"We have 60,000 square feet under one roof. We use 28,000 square feet of that for the office space, board meeting space, other conference space, training areas. 20,000 square feet in our central receiving house for the district," said Pampa Independent School District, David Young.
There's also an additional 12,000 sq. ft for future expansion that includes a storm shelter. There's warehouse space that not only houses school and office supplies, but child nutrition services with a giant cooler and freezer, as well as space to help the Snack Pak 4 Kids program. But Young said the biggest difference has been taking all the district's employees and putting them under one roof, instead of being spilt into two locations.
"It's been exciting and fun to get to come to work with even more people. All being together and there's just a new professionalism atmosphere that is exciting. We're just excited to have all the room that we need to do the functions we need because ultimately that affects kids in the classroom," said Young.
Something the district is looking to do is have a contest inviting students to create works of art to be hung in the new building.