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New Schools Coming Together

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Summer vacation is well underway for students in the Minot Public System.

That means work on the many schools is kicking into high gear now to be ready for the resumption of class in a few months.

Numerous school addition projects are getting close to completion -- and on North Hill, Ramstad Middle School is starting to come together.

Perry Olson takes us there today.

(Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "Sixth grade on this floor...7th and 8th grade on the floors below..."

A walk through Ramstad even now gives you a good sense of what the school will mean for the district...

(Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "It is a modern facility that has the technology and open spaces for students to work with teachers on group projects. The flow of the building is very very nice. It is going to be a wonderful facility."

Superintendent Mark Vollmer took me on a tour last week of the massive facility -- at it is big -- built as most new schools are now...with open areas where students, teachers, and staff can be together...like this massive area...

(Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "And then the lunch area will be down below where students will have lunch and there is a stage built into this area so they can have small concerts as well." (Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "About 5 months from the official opening of this and moving in. Looks like there is a lot of work to do yet, but remember that as of July 30, 2012 we hadn't even broken ground on this site."

Work both inside and outside is happening at a hurried pace now. The Thanksgiving break will serve as a move-in week at the new school. The other school that will re-open this year -- Longfellow -- is on pace to open for the start of the school year. Final work continues here as you can see. But the gem of the district will no doubt be Ramstad...

(Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "We are getting to the point where all the work and ground prep and everything else is done and we are seeing finished product come up. It is looking really good."

In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.

One of the questions Vollmer says he gets asked most often involves the old Ramstad location just to the south of Minot State University.

What does the district plan on doing with that land?

That is an question that doesn't yet have a solid answer he says.

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