Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

Elementary school opens

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The new College Gardens Elementary School in Rockville opened to students on Jan. 3.

The old building, constructed in 1967, was torn down in October 2006 and completely rebuilt and modernized to about twice the size at a cost of more than $22 million.

Principal Albert P. DuPont II said the new building was much needed for the fast-growing Rockville community. Students, faculty and staff had been temporarily housed at the North Lake Center, a county school system holding facility on Bauer Drive.

DuPont said the College Gardens community loves the new and improved school.

‘‘They’re so beside themselves,” he said, referring to the students. ‘‘They come to me beaming with pride over the new building.”

Students got tours of the new building on Dec. 14 and the school held a preview event on Dec. 17 for parents and the community.

DuPont added that the school is now two floors instead of one and includes a new gymnasium, complete with a new digital scoreboard and bleachers. The school has also been outfitted with new computers and Promethean Activboards, computerized whiteboards that hook up to desktop computers to project Web sites and other computer programs.