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Old Mountain View building to open briefly to public

posted Oct 5, 2016, 1:48 PM by Cheryl Shuffler

The old Mountain View Elementary School building will be open to the public from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10. Former students and school employees as well as community members are invited to walk through the halls of the old building before demolition starts later this month. Burke County Public Schools is building a brand new elementary school at the same location. Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Larry Putnam said, “We wanted to give folks the opportunity to have one last stroll down memory lane by opening the building on Monday afternoon. I can only imagine the tales that will be shared as people reminisce in the old classrooms, office, cafeteria and halls.” Putnam explained that bricks from the old school will be incorporated into a cornerstone of the new building and old school materials also will be used in a display in the new school’s lobby. “We want to be sure to hold on to a piece of the past and that history,” Putnam said, “but, at the same time, we are so excited about a brand new, state-of-the art facility right near the heart of Morganton. We appreciate the county and city working so closely with us as we plan this new school. It is going to be an amazing learning center and community hub with its location between the Mountain View Rec Center and the Catawba Greenway.” The new school will be a 103,000-square-foot facility with 39 classrooms, a full gym, auditorium and ball fields. The expected opening date is fall 2018.