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June 27, 2006

Albany -- A new elementary school is under construction in one of Albany's fastest growing areas.

Crews have already laid the foundation for the new Northwest Elementary school. The 97,000 square foot school, off Gillionville Road, will hold 740 students.

Real Estate agents are already using the new school as a selling point for the growing area, and school system facilities director Bob Fowler says he expects the school to fill up quickly.  

"Most of our regular elementary schools, we build the 650 range. We made this one a little larger because we know what already the demand for students is in this area," said Fowler.  

There was a heated debate about where to put the school. And people living near the other proposed site, Home Drive, put up a big fight to keep the school out. But Fowler said this site is better since it's flatter and has access to Gillionville Road.

The school will have three, two-story classroom wings, a lunchroom, office and gym. It will be complete by the 2007 school year.

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