QUINCY (WGEM) -- As kids return to class, they have more space and more resources to work with after the expansion project is finally complete.
A number of upgrades are now complete at Edison Elementary. School officials said these upgrades put an end to a long-time overcrowding problem.
The halls in Edison Elementary look different.
"The new upgrades have been great," 6th grade teacher Marcy Lantz said.
Several teachers are working in new and improved classrooms and there's a new cafeteria and courtyard to accomodate more students.
This comes after an expansion plan promised to alleviate overcrowding throughout the building.
"We've settled in nicely and we really enjoyed the new spaces," Lantz said. "We love the court yard. That has been a fantastic addition for us."
Macomb school officials said they can now eliminate trailers outside the building, that they were using as classrooms.
"There was four classrooms that were outside in modulars that had been there for quite some time, the fact that they get to move into classrooms is a welcome addition," Lantz said.
On Wednesday, school district officials toured the school, which now has six new bathrooms, new playground space and a tornado safe room.
"It's wonderful to have the space," Edison principal Kellee Sullivan said. "We were also able to add two intervention rooms that help with student learning. Those teachers have a specific space for themselves and small groups of kids."
School officials said students learn better when they have more space.
"Classrooms are nice size, so students are able to spread out or eventually work in small groups again," Sullivan said.
"I think just that fact that they got to come to school and it was something new and exciting and they were super excited just to see all the changes, they've really enjoyed all of that," Lantz said.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, school officials said the new space also allows them to better social distance all students.
This expansion project is part of a six million dollar school upgrade project that also includes work at Macomb High School. The work at Edison costs about 4.4 million dollars of that. Last November, the district took out bonds to fund the project.