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New School Year, New School
WATERLOO (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-- One by one Orange Elementary school students kicked off a new school year Thursday greeted by volunteers in orange vests, warm smiles, and a brand new building.
"It's beautiful, said parent Brooke Little taking her two daughters to school. It's really nice, compared to the other school."
While some parents took pictures of their little ones, many just wanted to see to new 92,000 square foot building up close.
"We're excited to see the new school," said parent Kathy Taylor.
It's almost double the size of the old school which now sits empty.
The $17.8 million project took two years to build, and officials say it was worth the wait. It has a new community learning center, four classrooms per grade, and handicap accessibility.
"Taxpayer money well spent when you look at the result," said director of Waterloo school and community relations, Tara Thomas.
Another big change is increased security. The new school has at least 36 security cameras throughout the building.
"Now we have a buzzer system like the other schools, said principal, Teri Trask. We have cameras located throughout parts of the building, and we just know it's a more secure facility for our students."
A fresh start for the new year.