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Hockessin Community News
  • North Star students become architects for a day; Class gives feedback for new school to be built on Graves Road

  • A fifth grade class at North Star Elementary gets involved in the design process for the new school to be built on Graves Road.
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  • A heated pool, a waterslide, and an ice cream bar?
    These all sounds like luxuries you would find at a grand hotel, not at a new elementary school.
    But Jennifer Minchini's fifth grade class was merely brainstorming on Thursday, Sept. 27, writing down things they would like the new elementary school on Graves Road to have.
    But does not need, of course.
    With the approval of the referendum in March, the Red Clay School District is going to build a new K-5 elementary school on Graves Road in Hockessin, which is district-owned property. The new school should help ease over-crowding, particularly at North Star, Linden Hill and Brandywine Springs elementary schools which are over 115 percent program capacity.
    The school will be completed in 18-24 months, and will be approximately 65,000-70,000 square feet.
    Students received a brief overview of the new school from Becker Morgan Group Architects, and then divided into small groups. Their mission? Deciding what they would like the new school to have, what it should not have, and what it must have.
    Students believed the new school must have larger lockers and bigger parking lot. They would like it to have a larger space to hold all of their equipment. And it should not have dangerous equipment on the playground.
    And if there is any money left over, what elementary school is complete without a waterslide?

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