Sneak-Peak Inside One of Duluth's Newest Schools

By KBJR News 1

May 12, 2011 Updated May 12, 2011 at 10:18 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - With summer drawing near, five old Duluth schools will see students walk out their doors for the last time.

Starting next Fall, five new and improved buildings will open for education.

The Northland's NewsCenter got a sneak-peak into one of the new elementary schools.(Click on the video to see inside the new Laura MacArthur Elementary school.)

While the old MacArthur school faces demolition, the new building turns heads, and property manager Kerry Leider led the tour.

"In the old building there were so many stairwells and so many floors," said Leider.

He said the new layout is more accessible and secure, especially for community spaces and events.

"It creates a much larger the combination of the cafeteria and the gymnasium, connected," said Leider.

For students there are larger lockers.

"Much more suitable to backpacks," said Leider.

With fewer square feet and efficient utilities, he expects monthly bills to almost be cut in half.

"We'll have the ability to go in, district wide with a single control and turn all of our buildings down to our lowest level of energy use," said Leider.

Classroom perks include more cabinet space, drinking fountains and smart boards.

"It's basically a touch-screen computer and it raises up and down," said Leider.

Whether the changes are noticeable, like adding spaces for special ed. students, or whether the changes, like adding durable floors, go unnoticed, Leider thinks the new schools will be a hit with students and parents.

The old MacArthur school will be demolished and the area used for sports and green space.

The community will be able to tour all five new and improved schools by the end of the summer.

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