First day at the new Enka Intermediate School

Monday marked the first day of classes at the brand new Enka Intermediate School. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

ENKA, N.C. -- Monday marked the first day of classes at the brand new Enka Intermediate School.

The $25 million facility combines modern features with a lot of history.

The new addition to Buncombe County Schools includes mementos from the American Enka factory.

Thousands of bricks from the old factory were used to construct the new school.

"One of the things about our school is that it brings the outside in. You notice there's a lot of windows, opportunities for our students to even work outside in the courtyard to study out there," said principal Carleene Finger.

The school has about 660 fifth and sixth-grade students this year, and with 80 staff members.

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