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Denver school closes to make way for new elementary

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DENVER (KWWL) -

A small Bremer County community is saying goodbye to one of its schools.  The Denver School District will be closing its kindergarten through second grade building at the end of this school year.

The current K-2 elementary building in Denver is about a century old, and continuing maintenance has become costly.  So the district wanted to build a new elementary school that would be at the same location as the rest of the Denver school

Denver Elementary has served students in the community for decades.  But in just a few days, it will close its doors for good, in order to make way for a brand new elementary school.

"One of the main problems is it's a two story building, and because of fire code we can't teach kids upstairs that are below 2nd grade.  So we were only able to use half the building.  The other part of it is the technology.  A lot of the infrastructure in that building has needed to be updated," said Kathy Enslin, superintendent of Denver Schools.

And the new school will offer a lot of new technologies, including wireless Internet access throughout the building, which will be helpful as the district moves toward a one-to-one initiative where all students have a personal computer.  Students are excited to be in the new school which will be at the same location as the rest of their Denver classmates.

"I'm going to meet new friends and have a new teacher," said kindergartner Mia Cowell.

But for those who have spent a lifetime in the Denver Community, and attended school in the old building, seeing it shut down isn't easy.

"I've lived here in Denver all my life, and so it's kind of a bittersweet thing to see it close because of the long association with it.  But it'll be a good thing," said Art Kurtt of Denver.

As the old school closes, everyone is now looking forward to publishing a new chapter in the Denver School District's history, once students and staff get to move in and start classes in the new school this fall.

The Denver School District has been working to centralize all of the students into one location for about 10 years.  The new building should be ready for move-in around August 5th, and the old school will be sold at auction in June.

The Denver district is paying for the new $3 million school with revenue bonds and funds collected for a local option sales tax.

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