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Golden Oak school opens

Posted: August 14, 2008 9:37 p.m.
Updated: October 16, 2008 5:01 a.m.

A new technologically-advanced elementary school of the Sulphur Springs School District opened its doors to students for the first time Thursday.

Golden Oak Community School, the ninth school in the district, offers new technological tools such as interactive white boards and surround sound, according to Principal Gayle Abril.

The new equipment allows teachers to project teaching material onto their boards straight from their computers with magnifying capabilities, Abril said.

Teachers are also able to capture images and project them on the boards through live-streaming. Abril said the surround sound system is another feature that makes the school "technology SMART."

"All of our teachers are miked and we have four speakers, so students sitting in the back of the room can hear just as well," she said.

She added that Golden Oak, along with Leona Cox and Sulphur Springs community schools, will be the first to host the district's new kindergarten program.

Golden Oak Community School was built to serve 500 students, but only about 405 students are currently enrolled.

Abril said the campus is intended to serve residents in the to-be-developed Golden Valley Ranch. The school currently serves students who have transferred from Fair Oaks Ranch and Valley View community schools, she said.

She said the first day went just as planned.

The school will host a dedication ceremony on Friday, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. on campus, where the campus' funder and developer, Pardee Homes, will dedicate the school to the district.


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