It was equal parts grand opening and victory lap.
Big Spring Independent School District officials held ribbon cutting ceremonies Tuesday at the four new elementary campuses, a series of events which turned into a rolling celebration of a years-long process to make the new schools a reality.
Large crowds greeted officials at each school, and by the time the caravan reached its final stop, Marcy Elementary, the mood had turned quite celebratory.
Big Spring Independent School District trustees will get an update on ongoing construction projects around the district when they hold their monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.
The construction, funded by a $60 million bond approved by voters in May 2010, will result in four new elementary schools and significant renovations at the high school and junior high.
To use a racing analogy, the projects aren't exactly at the finish line yet, but they've definitely reached the home stretch.