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New Dickinson School Opens Doors

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With increased enrollment, Dickinson realized the demand for a new school.

And now, it's here.

Prairie Rose Elementary School opened it's doors to students Wednesday.

Currently, 279 students, kindergarten through fourth grade, are enrolled.

The school is built to hold 425 to 450 students.

The Dickinson school board wanted to make sure they positioned the school to sustain more students in the future.

"It broke ground about 15 months ago. And it's been a long discussion because the school board realized that enrollment was increasing and that we needed to try and position ourselves properly for the future," says Douglas Sullivan, Superintendent.

The school board looked at other schools and made the decision to go with geothermal heating and cooling.

Students will also have access to state of the art technology.

"We have interactive smart boards in all of our classrooms including music and in the library. And so it's really emerging technology. We're quite proud of that," says Vince Reep, Assistant Superintendent.

The superintendent says the kids were very excited to experience the new school and had a successful first day.

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