Updated: 09/03/2014 8:48 PM
Created: 09/03/2014 4:08 PM WDIO.com
The first day of school is exciting for kids of any age. But the whole school was abuzz at the Victory Christian Academy in Hibbing, because they are in their new building.
"It's a dream. We are living our future here. We've been planning this for years," said school administrator Jo Terska.
They've moved into the renovated St. Leo's School, in the Home Acres neighborhood. The school has been vacant for about a decade. VCA was interested earlier, but the price was too high. Then, the price came down, and the papers were signed in April of 2013.
And it couldn't have come at a better time, according to Terska. She said they were becoming overcrowded at their former location.
"We only had space for about 10 students per room at the old location," she said.
Students and staff agreed this new space was much better.
Shannon Smith said it benefits her first graders. "There's a dedicated reading area. I have more space to help use action when we're learning things," she said.
The new 7-12th grade area is really unique. It's in a former parish area of the school, with really high ceilings and original glasswork at the top.
Each student has their own cubicle area. They use a program called Ignitia, which lets them learn at their own pace. Teachers in the room monitor assignments and quizzes.
There's a group space for the older students, designed for fun in mind. The table converts to a Ping pong table!
Kids are also excited about the new playgrounds. Terska said they are available for the community as well.
"Now we have room to grow," she added. They have around 100 students now, and could nearly double that.
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