New Allentown Elementary School Opens for Students | Regional News from Lehigh Valley


ALLENTOWN, PA – The Allentown School District has finally cut the ribbon for its brand new, state-of-the-art elementary school.

Brigadier General Anna Mae Hays Primary School was scheduled to welcome students last year, but the pandemic has halted in-person learning. But it gave administrators the ability to pivot and get the new facility up and running, even during a pandemic.

“Yeah, just with the overall size of the building and with the design of making sure there were these extra spaces for each part of the school day, it really helped us during COVID and helping to distribute the students,” said director Naaman Schlegel.

Besides the state-of-the-art design, the lead architect also said that technology was the key to making the building a successful learning space.

“The introduction of integrated technology into the classroom is very effective and useful during the hybrid teaching model,” said architect Stephen Behrens.

It’s more than just a primary school for Kindergarten to Grade 5 students. The facility also has a pantry, health care center, and areas for adult learning classes and childcare.

Of course, its main goal is to serve its students.

“I can’t wait to bring all the students back here to school, have them learn in their classrooms and really have them develop a social aspect that they have been missing for 18 months,” said Schlegel.


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