The new Troy Middle School is nearly finished. The classrooms are complete and the students are invited to start the school year as scheduled on September 5. YNN's Erin Vannella provides a sneak preview of the updated building.
TROY, N.Y. -- "The reaction is wow it's about time. When you walk into this building it's absolutely phenomenal. You look at the beams and you look at the facility as a whole. It's absolutely phenomenal. Troy community deserves this," said Troy Middle School Educator Tyrone O'Meally.
Doyle Middle School got more than a new name, it got a $56 million facelift. On Tuesday, eighth graders and YNN took a tour.
Faculty and staff say the kids will look forward to learning again, and in a school district criticized for under performing students that is worth any expense.
"When they walk into this building, this is theirs. It doesn't matter your background, doesn't matter your income, this belongs to the community and that's what makes this special," said O'Meally.
The improvements include iPads, computers, smartboards, wi-fi, a new gym, state-of the art locker rooms and free breakfast and lunch. Parents and students are thrilled.
"Lockers were falling apart, the rugs were disgusting and the bathrooms stunk. I'm happy with the transformation of the school. I'm happy with my decision to keep my kids here in the district," said Troy parent Brandy Marcus.
"I don't know. From when I was a student, I don't even know, it's just a lot better," said Jeff Castagnier.
Although the school is still putting on the finishing touches, O'Meally said it will be ready for the first day of classes.
"You would think, uh-oh, are they going to be ready for September 5th? Uh-oh that doesn't look ready. But this building is ready to be taught in and learned in," said O'Meally.