Norfolk makes way for new school

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – It’s out with the old and in with the new for Norfolk City Public Schools. Crews began demolishing the old Campostella Elementary Thursday to make way for the new K-8 school.

Demolition should take about two weeks and the new school is slated to open in 2016. It will be a STEM/SWIM school. The swim part is just what you think — teaching kids to swim and even compete in the sport. The STEM is the academic part.

Photos: Norfolk school gets a new start

Deputy Superintendent of Operations Dr. L’Tanya Simmons told 10 On Your Side, “Our children will be actively engaged in the rigor that will allow them to experience science, math, technology and engineering from the moment they enter until they leave at at grade 8.”

The school will be for children zoned to Campostella, but seats will also be reserved so that students from all over the city who choose to attend the school can apply.

Norfolk is in the process of building five new elementary schools: Campostella, Broad Creek, Larchmont, Camp Allen and Ocean View.

A meeting took place at Oceanview Elementary at 6 p.m. Thursday so the public could offer input on the schools’ designs. If you can’t be there, you can see the plans and take an online survey in the next 48 hours.

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