J'lem Mayor Inaugurates New Arab School

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat officially inaugurated the opening of a new girls' school in Ras al-Amud on Monday morning.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking the opening of the new school, began with a song by the school choir.

The 30 million shekel - about $8,275,000 - middle school facility has 26 classrooms, computer labs, advanced learning laboratories and a large library.

The Jerusalem municipality and the Ministry of Education are working together to to improve the facilities in the city's eastern sector to enrich the education for all children, the mayor's office reported in a press release.

"We are working hard to advance educational infrastructure in both the east and west of the city," Mayor Barkat said following the festivities.

"We are building new schools, we will introduce new educational programs and we will continue to work hard to further advance Jerusalem schools and their pupils," the mayor said.

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