Mountain Valley Elementary

PRINCETON — After months of preparation and building the new Mountain Valley Elementary School (MVES) is welcoming guests to the grand opening event today at 3 p.m.

At the new $12 million facility visitors will have the chance to tour the school before it opens. Classes are set to begin on January 6 once students return from winter break.

At the grand opening, guests can attend a ceremony, a tour, and a reception, all within the new facility.

Students will be joined together in the new school from Ceres and Cumberland Heights schools. For the 2020 — 2021 school year students from Glenwood and Brushfork Schools will also start classes at the new school. In total, the school will serve students from Pre-K to fifth grade. 

The facility in total measures to 47,200 square feet. The new school will include state of the art safety features, larger playgrounds, a wireless computer lab, and more. The safety features will allow faculty staff to control who does and doesn’t enter the building.

At the school students and staff will also have the option to utilize a large gymnasium. Neither of the former schools, Ceres and Cumberland Heights, had gymnasiums. These two schools also relied on one singular room that doubled as a cafeteria and gymnasium.

The principal of MVES is Mary Terry, the former principal of Ceres School.

According to a press release from Teressa Russel, the data and communication specialist of Mercer County Schools, the new school will offer a STEAM classroom, which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and music.

Funding for the facility was provided for by the School Building Authority, at $7.8 million, and the Mercer County Board of Education, at $4.2 million, according to the release.

Those wishing to attend the event can do so at 977 Blue Prince Road in Bluefield.

Contact Emily D. Coppola at ecoppola@bdtonline.com

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