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New Belgrade Elementary School Begins Classes

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On Wednesday, many students across the state were feeling either excited or nervous as they started their first day of school.

The newly constructed Saddle Peak Elementary School in Belgrade opened it's doors to over 500 students on Wednesday.

One of those students was second grader, Cayden Gorrell. He said he's really looking forward to lots of new things this school year.

"I'm looking forward to learning a bunch of homework, playing outside, swinging and probably doing a bunch of stuff," said Cayden Gorrell.

Gorrell transferred from Head/Quaw Elementary. He said is really looking forward to meeting new friends and seeing some of his other friends from Head/Quaw.

Gorrell's mom said it was easier to send him off to school this year because he was excited about going to a new school.

"I didn't cry for the first time. I'm really excited for my kids because they are excited," said Jennifer Gorrell.

"There is lots of excitement today," said Dave Smith, Saddle Peak Elementary School Principal. "The students are very excited to be in a new building. They are all so appreciative of a brand new building. They like the colors and the design."

Saddle Peak Principal, Dave Smith said the district is seeing many changes due to the opening of the new elementary school.

"We've had a lot of staff switch from school to school," said Smith. "We are meeting new staff, getting to know new staff and we have to reorganize the school details, like our duty schedule is completely different."

Smith adds he has seen nothing but positive energy coming from parents, staff and students on Wednesday.

Belgrade schools has about 3,200 kids in the district, which is up 159 kids from last year.

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