Newport elected and school leaders joined with students, parents, and teachers this morning to celebrate the opening of the Pell Elementary School expansion and new Welcome Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The $7.4 million Pell addition includes approximately 12,500 square feet of new space for 8 new classrooms, 2 new resource rooms, additional bathrooms, 188 additional lockers, and traffic safety and stormwater management improvements.

According to officials, the project was completed on time and on budget.

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