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Making Room Until New Schools are Built


The start of school is just days away for Bismarck students.

But this summer has been the busiest one on record making room for new students.

While the community voted in favor of building three new schools, those schools aren't done yet, which means temporary classrooms and parking are needed.

<<Second grade Liberty Elementary teacher, Karen Arnold is busy turning this old home Ec room into a 2nd grade classroom.

"I was really excited because it offers an opportunity to do new things with students such as cooking or we're high on common core standards now so measurement and things like that will be easy to do with an oven or with a refrigerator when you keep things cool, and nothing entices children more than food," Karen Arnold said.

The new Liberty Elementary school won't be complete until next fall, so for this school year students are attending school at the Hughes building, which used to be South Central high school.

"I think it's been turned into a very homey space, and that's how I run my classroom, so I feel students will be very much at home," Arnold said.

This temporary space isn't a problem for teachers, they're excited to be part of a brand new school.

"We get to be the first staff to set the culture, set the beliefs set the tone the energy of a whole new school," Liberty Principal Terry Kuester said.

And with 9th graders now attending the high schools in Bismarck, Century high school had to add more parking spaces.

"We added 400 more stalls, because we'll have that many more drivers," Facilities Director Darin Scherr said.

Plus this old home Ec room at Century is now a new science classroom.

"It's kind of a short term thing over the next three years we'll reduce by 100 students every year because what will happen is we'll transition from two schools to three schools and Legacy will be open in two years," Scherr said.

Plus seven portables now sit at Century to accommodate the extra students.

"This is probably our busiest summer on record, we did a lot of projects," Scherr said.>>

South Central high school is now in the old Riverside elementary building.

School starts in Bismarck Tuesday, August 20th.

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