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Becoming a School for Two Years

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It is the final week of school for Eric Ramstad Middle School students...

the final week at a temporary school that is.

After a full week off next week for Thanksgiving break, students will return to class at a brand new school on North Hill, replacing the one destroyed by the Mouse River flood of 2011.

Perry Olson was at the temporary school this week -- the Minot Auditorium -- hearing how the last two-plus years went.

The final days are ticking by this week -- Ramstad is about to abandon the Minot Auditorium...

(Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "The last two and a half years we worked through regional tournaments and district tournaments and everything else to make this a municipal auditorium and also a middle school."

The original Ramstad fell victim to flood waters...leaving the district in a bit of a tight spot. Where would hundreds of middle school students be educated while a new school was built? Thankfully, that answer came quickly.

(Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "Phone call was made to the mayor and immediately the response was, 'Absolutely, whatever you need to do. We need to get those kids in school.'"

The Aud has served these kids well for two plus years now...and they have been good tenants of the building too...

(Scott Collins - Minot Recreation Department Director) " always hear horror stories about what happened at schools and the hallways and stuff. It hasn't been that bad. There hasn't been destruction, just general wear and tear on the building."

Collins says having school here has meant some changes in what they've been able to book here...but not much. It has been a perfect solution for what was a big problem.

(Scott Collins - Minot Recreation Department Director) "It went smooth...really has and I hope the school feels the same way."

They do.

(Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "It worked and it worked very very well. We are grateful for the auditorium staff that was willing to work with our custodial staff to get this all set up and organized." (Scott Collins - Minot Recreation Department Director) "I am happy for them and I am happy for us. We are going to start doing a little bit of an update and try to get things back in shape for us to continue on into the future." (Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "Great teachers, great kids, great parents. People made it work to the best of their abilities and it really has been a positive experience."

At the Aud -- and for just a few more days, Ramstad School as well...Perry Olson, KX News.

Again, the first day of class at the new Ramstad is December 2nd.

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