"The building will be a learning tool in and of itself. Even a section of the wall will be exposed to show how buildings are constructed," said Jane Roberts, assistant superintendent for elementary schools. "We're trying to help students develop all sorts of skills."
Each area also will have direct access to outdoor instructional and recreation spaces.
The learning environment will teach students a lot about teamwork and the real world, too, Roberts said.
"Teachers will be working together and sharing responsibilities. They will be able to learn from each other even though they all have different styles of teaching. That family unit is going to be very beneficial for the children," she said.
Teachers will undergo staff development and will be asked to make a three-year commitment to the school to ensure effectiveness.
Last week, the state School Building Authority gave Kanawha County another $1 million to finish the project when they voted to help close a $2.8 million budget gap caused by complications with building on the hilly terrain.
Kanawha County Schools will contribute a total of about $11 million to build the new school.
"This is a really unique school, and this has been a new experience for everyone involved," said Adam Krason with ZMM Architects and Engineers, the firm that's working with the state School Building Authority on the project. "But because of the many discussions about the funding it would take, the focus has never really been on what's actually going to happen inside the school.
"It's time for people to focus on what a great learning opportunity this is for students," Krason said.
Construction is set to begin in November.
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