Buffalo Public School Students Return to the Classroom in Style

September 7, 2011 Updated Sep 7, 2011 at 1:22 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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September 7, 2011 Updated Sep 7, 2011 at 1:22 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Students in the Buffalo Public School District headed back to class for their first day of school, Wednesday. At Southside Elementary School and across the district, students got a first hand look at the billion dollar renovation project.

Students returned this semester to new books, new teachers and a whole new school.

"Newly renovated building with state of the art equipment, new auditorium, brand new gymnasium and brand new furniture in the classroom," Southside Elementary School Principal Darlene Jesonowski said.

Southside Elementary Principal Darlene Jesonowski said the renovations were a one billion dollar project district wide. More than $15 million was spent on her school alone but she said it was worth every penny.

"It's very important because our children are now in the 21st century. We can contact children all over the world," Jesonowski said

At Lorraine Elementary School, officials said the new look improves the learning environment, encouraging students to attend school.

"Our library is absolutely awesome we have a tree of learning in an environment that is conducive to reading and be successful that is our focal point and to want to come to school being here every day," Lorraine Elementary School Principal Jacquelyn Bavaro-Phelan said.

Superintendent Dr. James Williams was a big part of the unveiling of the renovations.

"I want every student and parent to make the commitment to be in school every day to enjoy the new facilities," Superintendent Dr. James Williams said.

For some students the make over didn't ease the first day of school anxiety.

"Little nervous and he's always nervous on the first day of school," student Devin O'Connor said.

For others, it was an inspiration to make this school year counts.

"It's fun meet new friends and a new school, they just renewed it so hopefully I'm going to have a good year," Mohammad Alrobaye said.

That was the sentiments of most of the students who said goodbye to summer to ring in a new school year in style.