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South Prairie School gets new addition, renovation

June 6, 2008
By ANDREA JOHNSON, Staff Writer,
Work is progressing this summer on a $3.5 million addition at South Prairie School, according to administrator Delwyn Groninger.

The addition, paid for through a bond issue approved by voters, will include new first grade, Title I and kindergarten classrooms in the addition. The old kindergarten room will be remodeled into a more efficient library; the old first grade classroom will be remodeled into a learning disabilities, speech, and hearing room; the PC lab will be enlarged so that 10 more computers can be added and the room can be tied into a library media area.

More electrical circuits will be added in existing classrooms; the teacher workroom will be lengthened to create work space; the business office will be lengthened to accommodate a secretarial area; a new front entry will be added; a new seventh grade homeroom will be built; a new junior high social studies and health classroom will be built; a new counselor’s office will be added in the current seventh grade room; a new gymnasium will be built;  a concession area will be built in the new gymnasium hallway; the parking lot will be lengthened to hold more vehicles and new sidewalks, bus lanes and landscaping will be added.

The project came in over budget, so plans to remodel the kitchen area and add a new music room area have been put on hold, said Groninger.

Groninger said much of the remodeling project and the south addition housing the new kindergarten, first and second grade classrooms is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 15. The new gymnasium and the junior high classrooms will be ready by January 2009, said Groninger.

Groninger said the school district has been experiencing growth.

“We are seeing some growth,” said Groninger. “It’s not hand-over-fist.”

With the promise of a growing economy in the area, they could pick up more students, though, he said. The school board could revisit whether to remodel the kitchen and add a new music room down the road if student numbers continue to increase, said Groninger.

Article Photos

Andrea Johnson/MDN
Construction workers work on the South Prairie School addition Wednesday afternoon. American General Construction of Valley City is the general contractor, Mowbray and Sons is the mechanical contractor, Mayer Electric is the electrical contractor and Davison Larson Architects of Minot is the architectural firm.



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