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Charles City looks at prototype classrooms before building new school

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As schools get older, towns have to decide whether to renovate, or build new faculties.

School officials in Charles City decided instead of renovating this middle school, they've decided to build a new one and attach it to the high school.

Sixth grade student Ashlynn Cother is looking forward to being an 8th grader in the new middle school.

"This facility will have more opportunities for students and it will have better technology," said Cother.

How the new school will look is the big question. Instead of just drawing up a plan, the school's hired architect had a different idea.

"They can see 2D drawings and even 3D flybys but they have a hard time understanding what really works for them, so we're prototyping. We're mocking up a learning environment," said Sam Johnson, BLDD Architect.

On Tuesday the BLDD team turned a warehouse into school classroom with students testing out the learning space before the real school is built.

Instead of a typical long hallway with one teacher with a set of 25 to 30 kids, this new school will be different.

"There can be small group seminar type things going on larger group. There can be individual work and a big collaboration space. So it's a unique design," said Dr. Dan Cox, Superintendent.  

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