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Hundreds of students return to renovated schools

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Metro Director of Schools Jesse Register spent the first day of school visiting several schools, but he was especially excited to see the more than $8 million in renovations completed at Rose Park Magnet Middle School this past year.

"It hasn't been renovated in a long time, so we are trying to upgrade all our building so that they are modern facilities like this one," Register said.

At Rose Park Magnet Middle, teachers doubled as tour guides, showing students the new rooms. The top-to-bottom renovation ushered in a state-of-the-art auditorium, a new library and media center, as well as a new gym and classroom furniture.

"I have been here 19 years and this is all new to me," said Mary Gooch, cafeteria assistant. "I'm so excited to be here."

Wednesday was also the first day in a new building for Joelton Middle School and Antioch Middle School, which reopened from renovations.

"We've had a lot of building going on and we are getting ready to start another round," Register said. "Thanks to Mayor Dean and Metro Council, we got over $100 million on building projects."

After dropping students off, parents also got a chance to sit down and chat with school administrators to help calm the first day jitters.

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