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POSTED: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 6:22pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 6:25pm

Where Jacksonville's East Side Elementary has been since the late 1930s, things look a little bit different now.

Okay, a lot different.

A November 2010 bond election allowed the district to completely replace the old Joe Wright and East Side Elementaries and give some major face lifts to Fred Douglass Elementary and Jacksonville High School.

"We had an ambitious goal through all of this to have the 2 elementaries complete and open the first day of school this year and it looks like we're gonna be able to meet that goal," said superintendent Dr. Joe Wardell.

He says Joe Wright and East Side won't be completely done by next week, but it will be ready for the students.

"The construction companies will work around our schedule with the students and do their work at night and on weekends and that kind of stuff to get it all complete," Wardell said.

He gave KETK an exclusive tour through the East Side campus.

He says Joe Wright looks pretty similar in case you were wondering.

A brand new state of the art gym, cafeteria, library, and bigger classrooms complete with interactive whiteboards.

For those that will miss the old red brick East Side Elementary...don't worry.

Barry Hughes with the Jacksonville Education Foundation tells KETK, you can buy one of the old bricks...and the proceeds will go to the foundation which provides scholarships to succesful students in the district.

"The brick will have both a placard and a certificate of authenticity which identifies the position from which the brick was taken and the bricks are numbered and serial numbered," Hughes said.

Dr. Wardell tells KETK, the upgrades to the high school and Fred Douglass Elementary still have a little while to go...but don't worry...they will also be ready for students next week.

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