Summer quickly is winding down for Hamilton County Schools students, who spent Monday registering at school, catching up with friends, meeting their teachers and checking out classrooms.
Classes for the estimated 43,000 students countywide begin Thursday.
The county will open two new schools this year, the 136,000-square-foot Ooltewah Elementary School, with a capacity of about 1,100 students, and Red Bank Middle School, which registered about 620 students Monday. The schools cost a combined $50 million, and are designed with the latest in classroom technology, heating and cooling systems.
At Red Bank Middle, students and their parents were eager to get a look at the new facility, tucked behind Red Bank High School off Morrison Spring Road.