EDUCATION

Arlington County to get get new elementary school in 2015

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(WJLA) - An Arlington neighborhood will soon be the site of a new, 97,000 square foot elementary school.

The Arlington County School Board approved Thursday night the final designs for the school in Arlington's Williamsburg neighborhood, which is slated to open in September of 2015. It'll be built at the current Williamsburg Middle School site, which is located at 3600 N. Harrison St.

Officials say the $46.5 million project will eventually house 630 students in 28 classrooms, art rooms, music rooms and a new library. It'll also include a high school-sized gym floor.

"The addition of new community facilities, such as an elementary school, is a once-in-a-generation opportunity," School Board Chairman Jay Fisette said in a statement. "We are pleased that we were able to jointly fund a number of community amenities that will benefit students and residents of all ages."

The School Board says that the new school will be certified as LEED silver or higher.

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