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Classes begin in new MJH

Renovations set to move elementary to hilltop campus
MARIE BAKKEN Reporter Staff Writer

Milano Junior High School secretary Lillie Magee arranges her office on Monday after the entire campus made the move into its new building behind the current high school. The “new” MJH building was once the fourth grade wing at Rockdale Elementary School. Reporter/Marie Bakken Milano Junior High School secretary Lillie Magee arranges her office on Monday after the entire campus made the move into its new building behind the current high school. The “new” MJH building was once the fourth grade wing at Rockdale Elementary School. Reporter/Marie Bakken MILANO–Phase one, complete. That’s according to Milano ISD superintendent Lindy Robinson on the district’s large renovation project it is currently undergoing.

Milano Junior High students began classes in a new building on Tuesday morning after the first part of the renovation project was completed.

MISD purchased Rockdale ISD’s old fourth grade building during the summer and converted it to the new junior high building. With some renovations, along with landscaping work like sidewalks, ramps and fencing, sixth through eighth graders in Milano schools have a new home.

“ The process was smooth. Everyone worked together to get the job done,” Robinson said. “Many of the kids worked to help the teachers in their rooms. It was a great effort by all employees.”

Weather delay

The initial switch over date to the new junior high building was suppose to be during the Christmas break, but Robinson said wet weather during the fall semester garnered some setbacks.

As late as Monday afternoon, teachers were still unloading boxes and phone lines were being installed, but Robinson said it all came together Tuesday morning.

“I walked in at 8:05 and teachers were teaching. It was like they had been in for weeks,” Robinson said. “This says a lot about this campus. Our compliments to the junior high team for working so hard to make this happen. They are determined and hard working. It is school as usual at MJH.”

Share and share alike

Some of the improvements for junior high teachers and students include ceiling projectors in the classrooms and “computers on wheels.” Students will be allowed to take the computers with them to classes where they are needed.

There are approximately 95 students in grades six to eight in Milano.

As the new junior high building is located behind the high school, students grades six through 12 will share the high school’s cafeteria, gymnasium, library and science labs.

Another move

Back in August, Robinson said hopes are to renovate the now old junior high school to the new elementary campus.

The current elementary houses grades Pre-Kindergarten through fifth and is located approximately three-fourths of a mile to the east of the current junior high campus and next to the Charlie Martin City Park.

Robinson said the first phase in renovating current junior high (future elementary) will be replacing or updating f looring and wall surfaces.

Trustees have not discussed what they will do with the current elementary school once the move is made to the renovated building at the beginning of the 2010-11 school year.

An open house for the new junior high building is being planned for some time in February.


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