Amid cheers and smiles, leaders of Miami-Dade School District hailed the groundbreaking of a brand new school for Norland Senior High Wednesday.
Students have been walking the same halls there since 1958.
"That's a long time, I know," said freshman Deliscia Glenn. "We really do need a new school because... we need a better environment to learn."
Now, ninth graders like Glenn can expect to spend their senior year on a brand new campus, right next door.
"Oh, that's great," Glenn said, smiling.
The new campus is under construction thanks to a $1.2 billion dollar bond Miami-Dade voters passed last November. It's to pay for new schools and upgrade older ones.
"[The] investment will benefit every single school," Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho said.
Principal Reginald Lee says it's also an investment in Norland's neighborhood.
"Property value, excitement, just everything you can think of, that puts a smile on your face as a parent and as a student," Lee said.
Doors to Norland's new campus are expected to open in August 2016.
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