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Four years ago, West Clermont, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, had two traditional high schools with a district graduation rate of about 76 percent and problems with student attendance and behavior.

Pity superintendent Gary Prest. Every school building in his district, Bloomington (Minn.) Public Schools, needed renovations.

With a run down, antiquated school building that's poorly built (not to mention architecturally uninteresting), the problems are obvious. There are the health and safety factors, and then there are comfort concerns. Managing today's technology and security needs also becomes a challenge with old schools. In many districts across the country, the solution seems cut-and-dried. It's time to build a new school.

At Forsyth Public Schools in Georgia, kindergarten students point and click to help learn their alphabet. At Bellevue School

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