Students in Miami-Dade who headed back to school for the new year on Monday were greeted with plenty of changes.
North Dade Middle School and North Dade Center for Modern Languages in Miami Gardens made their debut Monday morning. The campus was closed for two years due to unsafe conditions.
It features new two-story classroom buildings, a new cafeteria shared by the middle and elementary school and a renovated air-conditioned gymnasium.
Superintendent Alberto Carvalho will visit the school at 7:45 a.m. and have breakfast with students.
"It's a very exciting day, we have 36 new magnets and new school programs opening up today, most districts across the country are lucky if they open one single one," Carvalho said.
On Sunday, he stopped by the Centennial Ocean Academy of Science and Technology, a converted 6th to 12th grade magnet academy.
He touted the $1.2 billion school bond referendum that will go before voters in November. It would pay for school repairs, upgrades and renovations, but mean a higher property tax bill for homeowners.