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Arizona Superintendent takes school tours alongside Pima County Superintendent

Posted at 10:39 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 00:39:07-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona Superintendent Kathy Hoffman visited Marana Unified's new innovative STEM school Monday.

Hoffman toured the facility alongside Pima County's Superintendent Dustin Williams.

The new Dove Mountain C-STEM K-8 school is something very different.

The principal showing both superintendents how it's open model campus works, and that includes flexible seating in the classrooms.

Hoffman said "The days of sitting in rows and just desk by desk are starting to wane and I mean because everything you do today 70 percent of all jobs created are project based jobs where you're working with people. and work in small groups and so if you can start to infuse these ideas at a young age, it's super beneficial for these young leaders."

The school is still expanding they learned the current construction project just outside the walls will be complete in the summer.

Hoffman got a hands-on lesson from some of the students in the state of the art technology and science classrooms.

It's all fun, but she says schools still face a big challenge.

"One of the challenges is it's hard to recruit and retain math and science educators and even technology because people can find careers in other areas in STEM," Hoffman said.

The superintendent also visited an early learning center in the Flowing Wells District.