$3.4 million renovation wrapping up at Sorenson Magnet School

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by KREM.com & TAYLOR VIYDO

KREM.com

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 3 at 9:17 PM

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho-- One elementary school got a major facelift just in time for the first day of school. 

Sorensen Magnet School has been around since the 1950’s.

"The teachers walked in here and we feel like we have a brand new school,” Janet Ackerman Sorensen Magnet School Principal, said.

Construction is wrapping up on the $3.4 million dollar renovation on the school. Almost every square inch of the interior and exterior of the school has been redone.

"Pretty much everything's new from the carpeting to lighting to the paint on the walls to the desks," Ackerman said.

Last year, the school was filled to the brim.
 
"Well, this school was at about 140 percent capacity. So it really needed some expansion so we could use the space designed for classrooms as classrooms,” Matt Handelman, Coeur d'Alene Superintendent, said.

Construction is also wrapping up on a brand new gym, library and kitchen. The gym will no longer serve as the cafeteria, which students are excited about.

"Because when I'm running in PE, I don't have to slip and fall on a banana peel like I did once,” fourth grader Sophie Sari, said.

The additional construction on the school is expected to be completed in about a month to six weeks.

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