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Open House To Highlight Middle School Classrooms

By Staff | Dec 31, 2008

IT’S MOVING DAY! - Emmetsburg Middle School students, faculty and staff members all pitched in Dec. 18 to load up their school, so to speak, and move the contents to the new Middle School addition at the high school complex on King Street. Teachers had been packing items in their classrooms prior to Dec. 19 and when weather forecasts became a concern, officials moved moving day to Dec. 18, ahead one day. For more photos of moving day and the new Middle School, please turn to pages 6 and 7 of this issue of Then Democrat. -- Dan Voigt photo

After nearly two years of construction, the doors of the new Emmetsburg Middle School will open to the public in a special Open House on Monday. The event will be from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 5.

“This open house is for the new Middle School classroom addition,” explained Emmetsburg Superintendent John Joynt. “Construction is being wrapped up on the new Middle School gymnasium, and we’re hoping to have it completed around Feb. 1. The new auditorium has a targeted completion date of August 1.”

The Middle School classroom addition is located on the north side of the high school complex on King Street. The main entrance is on the north end of the circle drive off Second and King Streets.

All 13 classrooms, as well as the office area will be open for the public to view on the day before the middle school students will return to classes in their new facility. The new facilities replace the 1932 building on Palmer Street.

The construction project came about after the passage of a bond issue in 2006 for $7,653,075 to cover the classroom addition, new 350 seat practice gymnasium and 600 seat performing arts auditorium.

Sande Construction of Humboldt is the General Contractor for the project, with K&W Electric of Emmetsburg serving as the electrical contractor and Hander Plumbing and Heating of S ioux Falls, SD is serving as the mechanical contractor for the project.

As part of the Middle School, a project sponsored by the Palo Alto Arts Council and other entities involved the creation of mosaic panels by students. Those panels were mounted in the main hallway of the Middle School last Fall and can be seen during the Open House.

“We would certain like to encourage the public to stop out on Monday and see what their support through the bond referendum has created for the future of our students,” Joynt noted. “We also want to thank the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation for their support as well.”

The Open House will run from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5.