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New elementary school almost ready for Portland students

There's a new elementary school in Portland that's expected to be ready for students when kids go back to school next month. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) -- There's a new elementary school in Portland that's expected to be ready for students when kids go back to school next month.

CBS 13 took a tour inside Amanda C. Rowe Elementary School Friday.

It replaces the former Fred P. Hall School.

This project is the result of a $29.7 million bond package passed by Portland voters in 2016.

There are a lot of upgraded features inside, including increased security.

There is protected glass, everyone needs to be buzzed in, and there's a central lockdown system, so all the doors inside, which are electronic, can be locked simultaneously.

There's also added technology for student's learning.

"We have these new projectors that are phenomenal,” Assistant Principal Sarah Sirois said. “Students can interact with them they're installed low so students can come right up and touch and type and get connected."

The school is shaped like a horseshoe, and a learning garden is being built in the center of it.

The school is named after Amanda Rowe, a beloved and dedicated longtime nurse who died in 2013.

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