HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Crawford Woods Elementary is just one of four new schools opening next week in the Hamilton City School District, and teachers and students can't wait to move in.
"They're excited to be here, they're excited to see their spaces, they're excited to see their storage, they're excited to see their furniture," said Crawford Woods Principal Joan Schumacher.
The classrooms are on the cutting edge of technology.
"Response systems where people get like a remote control, the teacher will ask a question, every student will respond," said Joni Copas, of the Hamilton City School District.
Smartboards, laptop labs and projectors are just a few of the features elementary school students in Hamilton will take advantage of this school year. As teachers and staff begin preparing the school for students, they say it's a far cry from the 100 year old building they were in before.
"Our media center alone is much nicer and more equip than we had in our other building," Schumacher said.
The new school also maximizes instructional time, with water fountains in the classroom, and sinks for hand washing outside of the bathroom viewable from the hallways.
"So, the teacher can stand and make sure that they all clean their hands properly," Copas said.
It brings a total of eight new schools in the Hamilton district in the past two years, a $200 million dollar project partly funded by the state, and administrators say the investment in education will pay off.
"It will just help the kids in general feel better about themselves, which of course will lead to higher self esteem, and I think better performance," Schmacher said.
Students in the Hamilton district head back to class a week from Tuesday.