Reopening of Berg Elementary looks to be on schedule

There will be a lot of changes this upcoming school year in Dickinson, but one of them is a familiar one.

Berg Elementary Principal Tracy Lecoe and Superintendent Dr. Shon Hocker are going to be a few of the new faces in the Dickinson Public School District this school year, and Berg Elementary is going to be one of the new places . . . kind of.

“Our elementary schools are very full, so the district made the decision prior to my arrival to reopen this school,” said Hocker.

Berg Elementary will be a K-4 this upcoming school year, and the district has invested about $5 million in renovations.

“We are hoping get a certificate of occupancy a week from today,” said Hocker.

Kyle Johnson of JE Dunn Construction said crews are working around the clock to get the school ready for the students on the first day.

“We have a 12 week construction schedule on this project . . . we probably needed 16 to 18 weeks”.

Principal Lecoe said a lot work goes into preparation before the start of the school year, but she is confident that the school will be fully staffed when school begins.

“We are in need of Paras . . .  I have one teaching position open, but we have had some really good interviews”.

Everything is looking to be on schedule at Berg Elementary for the start of the school year, but Hocker said there is only thing that is out of the district’s control at this time.

“There is a backlog on locker orders across the country, so ours isn’t going to be here in time. . . students will have to carry their backpacks to class.”

Johnson said 315 lockers are expected to arrive by the first week in September for the students, and hopefully the students won’t have too many books to carry around until then.

Berg Elementary expects about 200 students when school begin on August 22.

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