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By Amy Bounds

Staff Writer, Daily Camera

PHOTO: Principal Brent Caldwell discusses logistics with teachers about the first day of school while organizing school supplies at the new Meadowlark School on Wednesday in Erie.  (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

A new school year is the least of the first-day newness that students will experience at Erie’s Meadowlark School.

The PK-8 school is Boulder Valley’s first in Erie, so its first batch of students will be getting to know a new group of classmates, new teachers and a new building designed for new ways of learning.

The building, which won’t be completely finished before students arrive, doesn’t look much like most other schools. Instead of the typical design of halls and individual classrooms, Meadowlark was built around learning communities.

Each learning community can support up to 150 students and encompass two grades. The community includes commons areas, learning studios (that look the most like traditional classroom but are designed to be more flexible) and small group collaboration areas. They’re bookended by flex studios, one for science and one as a makerspace.

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