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Posted: Monday, September 12, 2011 4:00 am | Updated: 7:37 am, Mon Sep 12, 2011.

Parents, teachers, students and residents joined Hallsville ISD officials Sunday afternoon for the official ribbon cutting at North Elementary School.

About 100 people gathered in the elementary school gymnasium for the debut of the new school.

North Elementary School was built as part of Hallsville ISD’s $96 million 2007 bond issue.

With 99,184 square feet, the school houses kindergarten through third-grade students.

Elementary students and school board members backed North Elementary School Principal Cristi Parsons as she officially cut the ribbon for the new school.

Interim Superintendent Jim Dunlap said Hallsville was ushering in a new year and were making strides for Hallsville ISD to be “better than we found it.”

“We’re the lighthouse of school districts of Texas,” Dunlap said.

Teachers reminisced about school “back then” when students used slate tablets, and talked about the current class rooms, which use Smartboards and iPods.

Dolores Cantu attended the ceremony to see the school her second-grade grandson, Ryan, was attending.

“He’s so excited to be a part of this, and I wanted to come out and see this.”

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