One of the newest schools in Western New York may also be the safest. 

While the first day of school is Wednesday, September 6, many people were able to get their first look at the new building with technological advancements you may have never seen before. 

Finally, after 18 years of planning, the Tonawanda City School District has created a new elementary school for 750 students. 

To create this particular school, the district had to consolidate three other schools to build what has now been unveiled as Tonawanda Elementary School. 

Building for the school began about two years ago, and it cost about $53.4 million, which may seem high, but you have to consider all of the new technology and advancements they have added to the school in order to protect their students and staff. 

And the teachers are especially thrilled about the safety features at Western New York’s newest school. 

There is a security system, cameras, a PA system, and they even have security doors, too. 

If you don’t know what security doors are, they are doors that automatically close and lock themselves at the touch of a button. That button being, a one-touch lockdown button, and it can be used by anyone in the building at any time, in the event that they see something or hear something of high concern. That single button can put the building into protective mode. 

The Superintendent Tim Oldenburg also told WGRZ that there are now fewer doors to enter the new building, and the main office is at the front entrance. On top of that, they have a secure entrance for any visitor who comes to the school.

There are some other really cool features for the new school too, including STEAM or STEM labs, a library with a fireplace, and a rock climbing wall. 

Tonawanda Elementary School may set the standard for future school projects around Western New York! 

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