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Old Franklin Elementary comes down, new building is ready for students

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The old building is coming down. The old building is coming down.
The new building is ready for students. The new building is ready for students.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Crews are in the final stages of demolition at the Old Franklin Elementary School in Cape Girardeau.

Built in the 1920s, the old building is coming down to make room for the new building.

Voters passed a bond issue in 2010 to pay for the new school at the corner of Themis and North Louisiana streets.

Faculty and staff finished last minute preps before students arrive for class on Thursday.

The new building can house as many as 500 students.

There are 325 kids enrolled for this school year and the principal says she thinks everyone will enjoy the new building.

"It's too hard to describe in just a few words," said Principal Rhonda Dunham. "It's beautiful. The technology is far surpassed what we thought. We are more efficient. The learning environment and the culture of the school, it's just going to dramatically improve."

We're told parts of the old elementary school were incorporated into the new building.

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