First day of school for students at the new Madison Elementary

It may be the middle of the school year, but it's the first day of class at a new school for a lucky group of kids in Madison Heights.

Their new school has been under construction for nearly a year, and now they're finally walking their new hallways and seeing their new classrooms. It's the first new school built in the Madison Heights school district in almost 40 years, and it's centered around the heart of kids' interests - technology. 

"The building is really designed that if a teacher needs to be out of the classroom, they can go to four to five different learning spaces and technology will follow them wherever they go," says Superintendent Randy Speck. 

Speck says the school was designed to have bright colors on the walls and floors to help keep the students engaged and alert. The furniture was also picked out with the intention of being interactive and moveable throughout the school day. 

"Kids don't want to sit," Speck says with a smile. 

In a few months students will even have the opportunity to learn in an entirely new space - an outdoor classroom that has a pond.

"The most important aspect of this brand new building will always be the kid and the teachers. It really does come down to good instruction, teachers that care about kids and kids that really enjoy being here and want to learn," says the school's principal, David Hurnevich. 

About 450 students from all over Madison Heights and other parts of southeast Michigan now attend the new Madison Elementary. The district is a school-of-choice district. 

If you want to tour Madison Elementary, you're invited to the official open house on Monday, February 2 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
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