Among them was Jennessa Johnson, 7, whose mother ,Joy, graduated from East Central in 1994. During the open house, Jennessa searched through the photos of previous classes to find Joy’s senior picture.
“It feels good to be back here,” Joy said. “I’m very proud that she will be a Riverhawk. When I was in high school, I thought Preston and East Central should have combined then.”
The merger discussion has been ongoing for years and was settled in September when voters chose to merge the Preston and East Central districts.
Monday’s event ended with a ceremony in the Miles gym where Superintendent Bob Lagerblade and other Easton Valley administrators thanked the community and school staff for uniting for the district.
“It’s great. It’s all coming together. We still have some things to do, but it’s all coming together,” School Board President Craig Thines said. “I’m ready to see the first day of school.”