BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — 6/25/2021 UPDATE: More than one month after its groundbreaking, site preparations are under way for the new Stratton Elementary School in Beckley.

While construction is in its initial phases, the county is also buying property in areas around the site of the future school. According to county leaders, this is to ensure adequate parking space.

Raleigh County Schools Superintendent, David Price, could not be reached for further comment on the specifics.

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — 5/4/2021 ORIGINAL STORY: It was a big day for some elementary students in Raleigh County.

Ground was broken for the brand new Stratton Elementary School in Beckley. Students even took part in the ceremony.

Raleigh County Superintendent David Price said they will not lose the history of the old Stratton Elementary. They will put together a display and need help from alumni to make it happen. If you have any artifacts from the old building, you can donate them to the Raleigh County Board of Education.

The new school will be built right behind the old one. It could take up to two years to build.