Friday, 03 November 2017 14:07

Hundreds of students attend groundbreaking for new Nokomis Middle/High School Featured

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NEWPORT - An exciting day for people in the Newport area, it's one that has been 9 years in the making and Thursday they finally got to celebrate.

This may look like a construction wasteland, but in fact, it's the future home of the new Nokomis Middle/High School.


Hundreds of students gathered starry eyed, with hard hats, to celebrate. Many of them are looking forward to being the first class to graduate from the new school.


Karl Ward, president of Nickerson and O'Day said "We had almost 300 students here, not even the entire student body. About half them came over to participate."


The current high school will be demolished except for a small portion.


Students attending all the surrounding middle schools will now transition into one .


Student Hunter Simpson said "It's going to be a new experience. instead of having one school with classrooms all mushed in with each other. And having a lot more people to interact with, with the other schools."


Officials said the school is going to be a huge improvement for the students. It's also going to benefit the local economy. Ward stated "The construction costs alone is 50 million dollars, this will translate between 300 to 350 construction jobs during the duration."


The new school is expected to be ready in two years.


RSU #19 superintendent Mike Hammer said "I'm just thrilled and privileged to be able to be the one to see this through and it's going to be exciting in two years."