Updated:CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. —
Some students in Cherokee County are starting the new school year in a brand new building.
Cherokee County schools begin the 2013-2014 school year on Monday along with students in Henry, Lamar, Floyd, Rockdale and Pike counties.
It will be the first day of class ever at the new E.T. Booth Middle School in Woodstock.
More than 1,600 students are expected to attend the school. Channel 2’s Sophia Choi visited the campus during an open house and found students very excited about the end of summer.
The building features more than 90 classrooms and three grade levels.
“We have the opportunity to provide a typical middle school student experience. In our existing building we were seventh and eighth grade and this year we will be a sixth through eighth middle school,” principal Dawn Weinbaum said.
The school is also one of the most technologically advanced in the area with state of the art equipment.
“This is the technology lab. We have sixth, seventh and eighth grade in here,” teacher Allen Brooks told Choi as he showed her the new lab.
“They’ll be doing two different programs. The sixth and seventh graders will be doing introduction to SIM technology and eighth graders will be working on a program that was developed at Georgia Tech and it is a robotics program,” Brooks said.
Cherokee County also offers a fully accredited virtual class where students will interact with an online teacher for high school credit.
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