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Ramstad Progress Continues

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Ramstad Middle School is getting closer to welcoming students on North Hill.

While the new building won't be ready for the first day of class...by Thanksgiving, students should start to break it in.

In our final stop around the school district and the construction work that has been underway for some time now, Perry Olson takes us to Ramstad where a school is starting to really come together.

Take a trip to the top floor at Ramstad...and you'll see something very familiar...

(Ione Sautner - Ramstad Principal) "That looks very nice with the red and grey...nice to see the Rocket Red appear!"

Paint -- school colors to be exact -- on the walls now. That's the top floor...work down and you see less completed...but even more work. Construction crews are racing to hit the deadline of Thanksgiving to get the kids who have called the Minot Auditorium home for two years back into a school...

(Ione Sautner - Ramstad Principal) "Getting into a real building and a real school will make a big change in the school culture and ownership of our students."

For the 8th grade class, it will be less than a year of their middle school lives spent in an actual school. 6th and 7th grade were at the Aud...and even part of their final year -- but when the move is made, they will be looked up to for guidance in getting used to the new surroundings...

(Ione Sautner - Ramstad Principal) "They will be the class that will take the lead."

The school is massive -- with sight lines that allow plenty of views out...and lots of light in.

(Ione Sautner - Ramstad Principal) "Natural light in a classroom provides one of the most optimal environment for kids learning. It brings a good sense for them and helps them concentrate"

And while concentration may be tough right away after Thanksgiving when students get into their lockers here...it will prove beneficial in the long run at a new Eric Ramstad Middle School. In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.

The Minot Public School District wants to know what you think of its plans to address the District's growth.

Starting today, Kansas City-based Market Research Associates will conduct surveys over the phone with households throughout the district.

Calls will be placed weekdays from 7-9 pm and weekends from noon to 6 pm.

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