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.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/08-19-Masons-Cove-Wrap2-WEB.mp3|titles=08-19 Masons Cove Wrap2-WEB]
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.