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New student-designed school opens its doors

The new library at Chinook Trail Middle School
Posted at 10:07 AM, Aug 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 12:24:59-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Seventh and eighth-grade students have arrived at the new Chinook Trail Middle School in District 20 for the first time.

They're joining sixth-graders, who had their first up-close look at the brand-new space yesterday.

More than 300 students helped design the school, which includes a state-of-the-art library named the "Curiosity Center."

"It's better than I expected because there is just more open space to it," said 12-year-old Sam Cloninger.

"I really like how the school turned out and I like how it's super colorful, because most school's colors are like brown and black and stuff like that," added 11-year-old Sofie Ruskin.
"It's unique."

The new building will house about 1,080 students total.

The building cost $42,440,320, and it's a total of 137,069 square feet.