Riverside East officially opened
A ribbon cutting and open house was held during moving-in week at the new Riverside Elementary School in Caraway. The doors were opened to the public on Tuesday evening, May 17.
The new building to house kindergarten through sixth grades was built on the same style as the Riverside High School which opened five years ago.
Superintendent Tommy Knight welcomed parents, members of the school board, dignitaries, contractors, architect, and teachers to help celebrate with a ribbon cutting for the new state-of-art building Riverside East students will enjoy for many years to come.
"It took a little longer than we had thought it would, but we appreciate everyone's patience and support in the project," Knight said.
Mr. Knight thanked the board; Mark Cahoon, architect; Tate Construction and the community of Caraway.
"We had a good first day in the building," Riverside East Principal Brandi Wallace said. "The new building was a promise made to the people of Caraway. We are all glad to see it happen."
"I want you all to know your superintendent and school board members have been a great group to work with," Cahoon said. "They worked with us to come up with a building to make your children proud."
Gaylon Tate, president and general manager of Tate Construction, said, "I just want you to know, we are here for you. Call me if you need anything. I do want to say, Go Rebels!"
Caraway Mayor Barry Riley thanked Mr. Knight for staying with the district until Caraway had their new building.
"This is huge for Caraway," Mayor Riley said. "We always said we went to the same school our parents attended but you kids get to be part of the brand new building."
Representative Dan Sullivan said he "was right here in 1975 and I'm proud to be here tonight to share in the open house."
Craighead County Judge Ed Hill spoke briefly praising the beautiful new facility.
"I am proud for you and want you to know Caraway is a vital part of Craighead County," Judge Hill said.
Brandi Wallace cut the ribbon drawing an applause from the large crowd gathered for the event. Guests then were free to tour the building.