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By Sheila Mullane Estrada, Times Correspondent, Monday, August 28, 2017 10:49am

TAMPA — Middle schoolers at the Academy of the Holy Names greeted their newly renovated classrooms with excitement Wednesday morning. They were about to begin a new adventure in learning, the result of years of planning and millions of dollars spent to completely update their 90-year-old school on Bayshore Boulevard. On Tuesday, workmen were still putting the finishing touches on walls and lighting and landscaping. Teachers were huddled in planning rooms or meeting with their curriculum teams to prepare for the next day’s opening.

The two floors that used to house the Academy’s media center and arts program were unrecognizable from the previous fall. Walls were torn out to create new “flexible open spaces” filled with easily moveable desks and tables on wheels, ergonomic chairs and stools, and colorful padded couches and benches — all to facilitate what Elementary/Middle School Principal Bridgid Fishman calls “collaborative learning.”


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