Sneak peek at new school

January 5, 2009 3:31:09 PM PST
Getting a brand new school isn't a bad way to start off the new year.Especially when the building you left is 100 years old.

520 students at Manoa Elementary in Havertown took their seats in the new building Monday.

The new school has some major upgrades. The library has twice the space and every classroom has a built-in projector, water fountain and restroom.

Plus, the kids have a music room inside their school.

"When the kids came to music, they came outside the building," said music teacher Debbie Doll. "They got wet if it was raining."

Forget sliding on old linoleum. The gym floor is a rubber compound complete with the school's mascot.

And a set of doors open to reveal a state-of-the-art stage.

The computer room has made a giant leap forward. There are now 30 individual work stations with the latest technology.

"We have a number of wireless labs moving from classroom to classroom and the building is wireless," said Prinicipal Norbert Paga. "It's amazing what kids will be able to do now, and what they'll be exposed to."

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