The auditorium will be empty by the end of the day.
At least, empty of Ramstad school belongings.
Many teachers are already moved into new classrooms at the new location and the most of the large furniture will be assembled today.
People are working quickly through the move-in and as Jennifer Thorgramson tells us, some of those volunteers are following through on flood recovery.
The newest school in the state is bustling with activity as the Thanksgiving week move-in is anything but a break.
(Ione Sautner, Principal Ramstad Middle School) "It's hard not to be excited. There's always a lot of bumps in the road. But we'll be ready for students on December 2nd."
The bumps in the road for Ramstad Middle School included a last minute moving company reschedule.
(Ione Sautner, Principal Ramstad Middle School) "We have two moving companies and the custodians moving the remainder of the furniture from the auditorium and out pods. A lot of the students' desks and placing them. So a big attack on moving."
Alongside the custodians and contractors, about a dozen volunteers are lending a hand.
The Minot Air Force Base 5th Maintenance Squadron volunteered extensively after the flood and Master Sgt. Emilio Gonzales says moving day is a happy extension of flood recovery.
(Mst. Sgt. Emilio Gonzales, MAFB 5th Maintenance Squadron) "It was a volunteer opportunity that we took advantage of. We really just want to help out the community, we know that after the flood it was... effected. We're doing a lot of lifting. A lot of the heavy stuff that comes in from the other school. We're helping out the movers and the contractors get the place put together for school to start next week."
Inside the new building, the kitchen is coming together, some flooring is being placed and the last of the technology is being wired in.
(Ione Sautner, Principal Ramstad Middle School) "There's a lot of people around making it all happen."
(Mst. Sgt. Emilio Gonzales, MAFB 5th Maintenance Squadron) "It's kind of amazing! Just walking around here, it's the nicest school I've seen."
Around this year's holiday table, 'thankful for a roof over our heads' will have a new meaning for the Ramstad Rockets.
In Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.
Minot Public Schools started Thanksgiving break today to accommodate the move.