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Planning to upgrade the elementary schools

The last time Newton built a new elementary school, nearly 40 years ago, cafeterias were optional, the needs of special-education students weren’t a priority, and having a television counted as technology in the classroom.

As the city embarks on plans to rebuild and renovate at least three elementary schools in the coming years, educators are discussing what a modern school needs and what kind of spaces will be necessary for the future.

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