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VIDEO: Kellam High School Grand Opening in Virginia Beach

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Posted at 2:23 PM, Jan 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-21 14:23:48-05

In Virginia Beach - the new Kellam High School is ready for its first students.

An open house was held last Saturday so that people could check out the new building.

It's located on West Neck Road, close to the Virginia Beach Municipal Center.

The building has an 800-seat auditorium and a 145-seat black box theater.

School officials say the goal was to design a facility that could meet the changing educational needs of the 21st century.

"No longer do we have just an English hall or a math or science hall, we have six learning communities that are integrated with math, science, social studies, English, foreign language, tech ed, special ed, they're all intermingled together with collapsible walls which will hopefully lead to collaboration in the education process," says Bruce Biehl, Kellam High School Principal.

"It's really exciting because we got to come here yesterday and it was the first time that everyone in the school came and just looked around and it was amazing, it's amazing how big and nice the school is, it's great," says Kobe Copeland, Kellam High School SCA President.

The building was originally scheduled to open in April - but it was finished three months ahead of schedule.

Students will start attending classes in the new building in about a week.