Rotarians tour new middle school
Estherville Rotarians had a sneak peek at the new middle school Thursday.
Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District Superintendent Dick Magnuson and high school Frank Christenson gave the tour of the building that doubles the size of the current middle school and at the same time offers far greater building efficiency. Ninety geothermal wells have been set 300 feet into a green space southwest of the school.
The timing of the new school couldn’t be better. Magnuson said with a graduating senior class of 90, 130 kindergarten students are expected this fall.
The new building also offers a more centralized campus, saving money on transportation costs. Many facilities in the new building will be used by both high-school and middle-school students.
Starting the tour in the commons area of the 90,000-square-foot building, Magnuson said 18,000 square feet will be used for hallways. Fifth and sixth grades will be upstairs and seventh and eighth in the lower level.
Magnuson noted an increase in classroom size from an average 620 to 800 square feet. Carpeting will reduce classroom noise while burnished concrete hallways will require no maintenance except for a scrubber.
Greater efficiency of space will come by sharing vocal and instrumental music rooms between the middle school and high school.
The gymnasium area will also be used for a lunch room. A centralized kitchen will produce meals for the entire district.
The school is scheduled to open this fall at the beginning of the school year.