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Sneak Peek at Kennewick's Newly Remodeled Cascade Elementary

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The Kennewick School District's latest remodeling project is complete.

Cascade Elementary School is preparing for their ribbon cutting on Friday, but we got a sneak peek inside Wednesday.

Cascade Elementary will welcome students back on Tuesday to their newly updated school with state of the art technology and bigger and better rooms.

These impressive updates are surprising and would likely make many people wish they'd been so lucky to have these resources when they were in school.

Cascade Elementary is now a school with the latest and greatest amenities.

Workers gutted the building a year ago and now it offers students new spaces like a gym, a cafeteria and bigger classrooms.

"They won't recognize what they see. It looks completely new and different and it really is," said Doug Carl, Kennewick School District, Director of Capital Projects.

Technology updates include projectors mounted on the ceiling with built in speakers for microphones that teachers will wear around their necks. The teachers voices will be amplified to reach each student equally at every desk.

And new computers will be installed this week in every classroom.

"That's what they respond to. That's part of their lives now is technology and that's why we need it in our schools so we can help them learn at the highest level possible," Chad Foltz, Cascade Elementary principal.

The school is also safer. Cameras and a lockdown system have been installed and can be activated with a push of a button.

"The access control, the camera systems etcetera, I think the kids and the staff and the parents are all safer while they're here now," Carl said.

The additions not only make for an impressive building, but an enhanced learning experience for students creating a foundation for their academic career.

"To just continue to learn at a high level and now we have the facilities and we have the technology to provide that for the kids," Foltz said/

The remodel cost 12 million dollars.

On Friday, there will be a ribbon cutting at 10:30am and the public is invited to come and tour the updated school.

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