"It's wonderful to see the dedication of the faculty here," Gordon said to a large applause. "We can only imagine what students will come through these doors and what impact they will have on the community."
Albany County Executive Michael Breslin spoke next.
"Mrs. Reagan, boy are you lucky," Breslin said referring to the Eagle's new principal Dianna Reagan. "The place looks great and I'm proud to be a part of this community."
Bethlehem Supervisor Jack Cunningham followed the Breslin speech by talking about the symbolic nature of opening the new school.
"I am a graduate of Bethlehem Central," Cunningham said to a cheering crowd. "I think this is a great symbol for the investment we've made into our community and to our children."
Bethlehem Board of Education President James Lytle followed up the line of politicians with a few jokes and a little historical trivia.
"You know, if it were up to a man named Ben Franklin this would have been called Turkey Elementary," Lytle said referring to Franklin advocating the turkey over the eagle for the national bird.
"Somehow that doesn't sound the same," he quipped.
The biggest applause of the evening was reserved for Principal Reagan.
"I, too, am a graduate of BC and am very much an Eagle," Reagan said, poking her own fun by saying it wasn't fair to have to speak after so many officials who frequently speak publicly.
"I would like to thank everyone at BC, the community and the board of education," Reagan said, before thanking her own family for supporting her during long preparation hours to get the school up and running. "This is the day we've been waiting for. Welcome to Eagle."
The crowd packed into the school as rock and roll tunes played on the loud speakers and were treated to shakes and refreshments in the Eagle Cafetorium and given tours of Bethlehem's newest building in 51 years.
"Come on in " it's your school," Tebanno announced just before the crowd dashed into the building.
At a board of education meeting the next evening on Wednesday, Sept. 3, which was also the first day of school, the board complimented Reagan and the district's faculty and staff for putting on a "phenomenal opening."
"It made us all proud to be a part of the school. We had a phenomenal opening day of school today," Lytle said at the meeting.
"Dianna Reagan had everything under wonderful control," Tebbano added. "Eagle is fully operational and is now running.""