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Ground broken on newest Missoula school

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Missoula's newest school replacing Cold Springs Elementary broke ground on Monday and promises to feature the latest technology and opportunities for students.

The project is funded by the $88 million school bond passed in 2015, as part of the "Smart Schools 2020" initiative. School Superintendent Mark Thane says this project will give them greater reach in one of Missoula's growing areas.

"I think that we've had a history of trying to locate schools in areas where there is significant population base and Linda Vista and Maloney Ranch have continued to grow, and are poised for significant growth in the future. So it's important for us as a school district to have a presence in this area," Thane said.

Construction will officially begin within the next few weeks, and it's expected to make a fairly quick turnaround -- the school is set to open at the start of next school year.

Thane says getting a chance to start from scratch with this new building will help implement things like technology which are much more challenging when renovating some of the older schools.

"We'll be able to integrate energy efficiently, high-efficiency components in the building, we'll fully contemplate ADA accessibility for any students or community members with disabilities so it's exciting to have an opportunity to start with a blank slate," Thane said. 

Thane says a name for the new school hasn't been decided on yet, as they want to keep the historic Cold Springs school name intact.

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