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Construction on Norton Commons Elementary nearly complete

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Construction on Norton Commons Elementary School is nearly complete. 

The newest JCPS elementary school has energy efficient LED lights with motion sensors and geothermal heating, and air conditioning units in each classroom -- which should help reduce utility bills.The developer of Norton Commons donated the land to JCPS years ago, and construction started last Spring. The school will have plenty of high-tech amenities. 

"Our computer lab is a completely mobile computer lab, which means that teachers at any time can take the computers anywhere on our green space for our students to access anywhere on the entire campus at any time," said Norton Commons Elementary Principal Allyson Vitato. "That way, they're not locked into being in a room." 

"I'm excited about all the natural light in the classrooms." Vitato said. "The energy efficiency is amazing."

CPS Chief Operations Officer Mike Raisor says, "We want to make sure we are not building for today and we're not building for yesterday, we're building for the future."

The district paid $15 million to build the new school. Just a few more of the 55 staff positions are left to be filled.

"For our classroom teacher positions, we had 350 applications for 14 positions," Vitato said. "It was a great problem to have to go through all those high-quality teachers who have had various types of experiences and be able to choose the best of the best."

The school is a partnership with the Norton Commons Y where the gym will be shared using a motorized curtain to separate the spaces.

"For us, that allows the ability for us to have PE classes in addition to another function during the school day," Vitato said. "For the Y, what that allows is for them to hold 2 different classes."

The Y will also sponsor swim lessons for the all 2nd grade students at the school as part of the physical education requirement.

Right now, there isn't a school playground. Parent groups will set up fundraisers to make that happen within two years.

The first day of school is August 10th.

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