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      Liberty Elementary a welcoming new home for students

      Liberty Elementary, a second through fifth grade building, will open in the fall of 2013.

      In the fall of 2013, Liberty Elementary will open its doors, a state-of-the art building that will help students be the best they can be.

      "With interactive boards and projectors in every room," said Dr. Davis Eidahl, Superintendent of the Ottumwa School District. "Our students will have access to hardware devices, whether that's laptops or tablets in every room and then this building is equipped with two 21st Century learning classrooms that will have the newest technology that teachers will be access with their classes for specific unites or projects or lessons."

      Not only will the new school be up to date on technology, but it was also designed to be a bright, welcoming environment for students, with plenty of colors and windows to let in light.

      "We wanted to make sure that regardless of what room instruction was taking place in, that natural lighting came into that room, just to provide the students with energy," Eidahl said. "And that helps with the colors and the wave patterns and just a uniqueness that our students and faculty and community can be proud of as a signature building for, not only Ottumwa, but for the state."

      The school is getting its finishing touches, but already, you can see the effort that's gone into making this building a new home for students. And when they arrive in the fall, Eidahl says he hopes they will be as excited as the faculty is.

      "The natural light really helps illuminate this building and when they walk in, I think the colors will really catch their eye and help just create even more excitement to this new facility," he said.

      Teachers will be able to start moving in in mid-August and then shortly after the school year starts, Eidahl said the district hopes to have an open house for community members to come and tour the building and to see all the new features in the facility.