$36 million dollars and two years went into construction --- and class is now in session.
Ramstad Middle School welcomed students for the first time this morning.
Jennifer Thorgramson gives us a sense of the excitement that rang in with the new school day.
It's been a long road for Ramstad Middle School.
(Logan Weber, Ramstad Student) "I was getting pretty anxious to get into the new school, everyone was getting excited."
The sunrise greeted a line of traffic on 16th Street ---
"Look at that!"
cars full of students ready to say goodbye to the 'Aud' years ---
(Logan Weber, Ramstad Student) "I think it looks pretty cool right now."
and hello to a new begining.
"Hey there!" "Hello!"
"I am so excited for him to go here. I can't wait. It's been a long time."
(Logan Weber, Ramstad Student) "It's very big in size. It looks like it might be kind of confusing at first but I think I'll get the hang of it."
After a flood and two-and-a half years at the auditorium ---
"It's all about you kids!"
school spirit has not suffered a bit.
(Gail Schmitkunz, Ramstad Mathematics) "Now they have a school. A Ramstad Middle School that's their identity. They've come home today."
"We don't like it. We love it."
Lessons were linked to the new location.
"I really like it. I think the new school is better than the Aud and it's really big."
"It is awesome. The Grille. The pool. It's awesome."
Lockers were a hot item.
"I'm really excited about the lockers."
"We have lockers now."
And getting lost was a real concern.
"Do you know where you're going yet?"
"Well... Kind of."
The day is also filled with firsts.
(Beth Rasch, Ramstad Choir Director) "I am very excited! I can hardly wait to hear what a full sound in here sounds like. Both choirs. This is the first time. Yeah. Way excited!"
"Star Spangled Banner"
(Beth Rasch, Ramstad Choir Director) "It sounds a little quieter than I was expecting."
"We've got spirit, yes we do!"
It sounds like the first day of school.
(Gail Schmitkunz, Ramstad Mathematics) "We've been in limbo the last three starts to the school year. Like I said, today, we're back home."
And for many, the road has led Ramstad right where they belong.
In Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.
Minot Public Schools took a full week for Thanksgiving break in order to move Ramstad from the auditorium to the new building.