A newly renovated Charlotte High School will soon open to students.
City leaders and Rochester City School District officials celebrated the upgrades with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday.
The first day of school is just days away.
"I'm gonna be well dressed. Meet new people," said Israel Pridgen.
Along with meeting new people, freshman students like Pridgen will also be attending a new school.
"New people, new surrounding," said Kamaria Graham, freshman student.
Their school, Charlotte High School will also have that new feel. It was one of the several schools in the Rochester City School District that was renovated as part of the district's billion dollar modernization project.
"It's going to be cool, remodeled, unlike all the other schools. We get that opportunity," said Graham.
The building also houses the Young Men's Leadership Academy. But construction is yet to be done, which is why we were told no cameras were allowed inside. Still the ceremony celebrated the one year process which is expected to be complete by Wednesday.
"Well the renovations primarily will consist of a reconstruction of the cafeteria. When the students enter the building on the first day, that's the first wow. They are going to actually see," said Michael Allen, Charlotte High School Principal.
Allen says what students won't see will be upgrades that include a wireless building.
Students will also have new technology in the classrooms.
"A lot of our classrooms have new floors, new ceilings, new technology, smart boards in every classroom. So the kids will be very excited," said Allen.
Superintendent Bolgen Vargas says this is the tip of the iceberg. By 2022, renovations will be done district wide.
"This district will probably be one of the best amongst the nation when it comes to facilities. Our challenge will be also to make it the best among the nation when it comes to education performance and student achievement," said Vargas.