BOISE — It was a special day for students, staff, and Boise School District representatives who were on hand to officially dedicate Amity Elementary School's new building Thursday morning.

The new structure replaces the 1970s earth-covered building which, at the time, was considered a cutting-edge design for its use of solar energy.

The building even won several awards for its energy saving, efficient design.

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But today, dozens came out to celebrate the new, state-of-the-art building.

"It feels amazing to have a brand new school and facility that really speaks volumes to what we do here in the Boise School District," said Principal Valerie Uhlorn.

"But don't get me wrong, I love the old school, it was like a home to me. But every once in a while, it's good to have some change," said sixth-grader Katie McCabe.

The new construction is just one of the projects funded by the $172 million bond that Boise School District voters approved last year.