BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - For the first time, Galaxy Elementary opens its doors to students and teachers for class on the first day of school.
The school replaces a 53-year-old school building with a state-of-the-art campus.
The Palm Beach County School District is calling it the “Greenest School in the Galaxy,” as it is the first LEED Platinum-certified new public school campus in the state of Florida.
The distinction is the highest of LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certifications available.
The “green” school has been designed with environmentally friendly standards.
At the center of the school, a double-tall area called a “Wonderment Center.”
It is like a small science museum, complete with interactive exhibits that educators will use with curriculum.
There are also four science labs directly attached to this area, focusing on energy, environment, engineering and computers.
Also part of the property, a four-acre natural habitat that has been planned through a partnership with the City of Boynton Beach.
The space will contribute to lessons in the science curriculum.
Monday morning, the school bell will ring for 177,000 in the district, which is the eleventh largest in the United States.
District Superintendent Wayne Gent will greet students, teachers and parents.
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