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Community Takes a Look at the New Moxee Elementary School

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MOXEE, Wash - The new Moxee Elementary School was shown off to the community Tuesday night during an open house.  Tax payers got to take a look at all the new features the old school didn't have.

The 70 year old former elementary school didn't even have a cafeteria, students were served lunch in the hallway.

The newly built school has a cafeteria, new technology and a state of the art gymnasium.

Moxee voters approved the $24,000,000 in 2005, on the first try.  The new elementary school cost 10 million.  The rest of the money went to improvements at the high school and will go towards a new junior high.

It was the way the plans for the new elementary school were made that makes it special.

"The staff was really heavily involved with the design of this building and they got to have input on what they thought would be the best for kids," says Monica Masais, the principal.

One of the main plans was to have the library at the center of school, to put more of an emphasis on reading.  Also there are less outside entrances than the old school, improving security.

The old elementary school will be used for the junior high students in January.  They will have class there while the junior high school is demolished and a new one is built.