Wednesday marked, not only the first day of the new school year, but the first day in East Helena's newest school Prickly Pear Elementary School.

The school was built with a $12 million bond passed by East Helena voters in 2017 to address crowding at Eastgate and Radley. The district also is in the process of building a $29.5 million high school.

Prickly Pear, houses first and second graders starting and was built with growth in mind. Jill Miller, who is principal at Eastgate and Prickly Pear, said the school hopefully will be able to keep up with expansion of East Helena for 15 to 20 years.

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