Ramstad at the Aud will cease to exist after this week, with the opening of the new Erik?Ramstad Middle School on Minot's North Hill. There is much work ahead in moving everything into the new building, but the end of more than two years of school at the auditorium should be celebrated for more than one reason.
It's certainly worth noting that the joint venture between the Minot Public School District and the City of Minot exceeded expectations.
Creating a middle school comprised of temporary classrooms on land north of the Minot Municipal Auditorium and space inside the auditorim was no small feat in itself. The agreement required significant compromises from both the school district and the city, especially from the Minot Recreation Commission.
The auditorium staff had to alter its normal schedule, obviously, but the building still hosted a number of major events, including district and regional basketball tournaments and other sporting events. Space normally used for auditorium purposes was reworked into classrooms, offices, school storage and an area for students to eat lunch. School teachers, staff and students adapted to their temporary home out of necessity after Ramstad was destroyed by the Souris River flood of 2011.
Certainly having a middle school in the city auditorium isn't the perfect learning environment, but we're reminded of a phrase often used by retired Ramstad principal Jim?Tschetter: Buildings don't make schools, people make schools.
That belief couldn't be more appropriate than in this situation. The employees at the auditorium and everyone at Ramstad teachers, staff, students and parents banded together to make the best of a trying situation. And it worked.
The old Ramstad building may be gone, but the spirit of the middle school cannot be destroyed. The?Ramstad spirit has lived in the hallways and makeshift classrooms and offices of the auditorium for more than two years, and it will no doubt live on when the new Erik?Ramstad Middle School officially opens for students on?Dec. 2.