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Middle school construction to start soon

By Staff | Apr 4, 2008

Earth-moving equipment prepares the ground for the new Estherville Lincoln Central Middle School. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

The growling equipment expeditiously working to move dirt behind the Maniece Building at the Estherville Lincoln Central High School is proof that another phase in the new school addition plans is in the works.

Superintendent of schools Dick Magnuson told the Estherville Daily News this week that groundwork and other preparatory site work was begun on Monday, March 31 at the future site of the new middle school building.

Construction will soon begin on the 86,254-square-foot building which will house fifth through eighth grades.

Middle school classrooms for seventh and eighth grade will be located on the lower level as will the locker rooms, district kitchen, fitness center (weight room for grades seventh-12th), gym, wrestling room, guidance office, mechanical room, rest rooms, special education classrooms for seventh and eighth grades and storage rooms.

The main level will include the fifth and sixth grade classrooms, ELL, media center, computer labs, family/consumer science for seventh-12 grades, Talented and Gifted classroom, art, vocal and instrumental music, main office, nurse’s office, science, lobby and rest rooms.

The art and music area of study will include space for seventh-12 grades.

The superintendent said the building will be utilized for learning at the start of the 09-10 school year.

In the meantime, the Maniece Building will be demolished this summer after classes conclude for the year.

The math department including three instructors will be reassigned to the remodeled area formerly used for band and chorus classes at the high school. Social studies classes will also be reassigned to other parts of the high school.

For a period of one year, high school art classes will be held in the lower level of “C” wing.

There has been some remodeling undertaken in the high school special education classrooms to accommodate all studies in two areas.

Work continues on the addition at Demoney which will house first and second grade classes at the start of the 2008-09 school year in September. Groundbreaking occurred on Sept. 10, 2007.

The structure includes 10 classrooms, a teachers’ workroom student rest rooms, hallways, service/delivery room and a technology closet.

The area presently used by first grade will be the new home for HeadStart and Daycare currently housed in the basement of the Maniece Building.

“We continue making good progress and we’re looking forward to completion of work at Demoney and the high school and anxiously await moving in for the 2008-09 school year,” Magnuson said.