Delaware school district opens two new schools

The rapidly growing area of New Castle County below the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal is now home to a pair of new schools.

Appoqunimink School District is celebrating the grand opening for Old State Elementary School and Spring Meadow Early Childhood Center this week.  Both schools were approved by voters in a December 2009 referendum.  They’re built on 252-acres that still has space for a middle or high school to be built in the future when the district reaches capacity at its current buildings.

Old State Elementary School is a 91,000 square foot facility which can hold 840 students from Grades 1-5 in 35 classrooms.  It includes a cafeteria the doubles as an auditorium and is being dubbed a ‘cafetorium.’  The cafetorium includes a two-sided stage which opens to inside and outside performance areas.  The school has been wired with state-of-the-art technology including smartboards, LCD projectors, and classroom amplification and sound systems.

Spring Meadow Early Childhood Center will house 330 students in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten inside its 30,000 square foot facility.  The ECC also includes an adaptive classroom for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.  The classrooms all have a shared breakout space with an adjacent classroom and a bay window designed to provide a home-like atmosphere with plenty of natural daylight.

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