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Roanoke County Schools begin a new school year on Monday, and for one of those schools, it’s the start of a new era. Students at Mason’s Cove Elementary near the county’s northwest corner will walk into a brand new school building. The story from News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones.

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The new school cost about $13 million. Roanoke County School Superintendent Lorraine says that cost will be at least partially offset by energy-saving geo-thermal heating and cooling and other energy-efficient measures.
The energy system will be quite the big step forward. The former Mason’s Cove was the last county school still heated by a coal-filed furnace.