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Carthage Move to New Intermediate School Ahead of Schedule


Students in Carthage are home on Christmas break but when some return it will be to a new school. This week was set aside for moving into the new intermediate school. But a well executed plan is putting them way ahead of schedule.

 Maintenance crews carried speakers and rolled classroom items into the new Carthage intermediate school. The big move from the old middle school was in the planning stages for months.
Assistant superintendent Dr. Mark Baker says there are always challenges, “Organization. Moving things without getting hurt. Doing it safely and put it in the right place.  And organization definitely helped that out."
There were well labeled boxes that went through labeled entrances and into  labeled rooms. The coordinator was director of maintenance Dan Hill. “We gave them only one thing, the room number for the new school. And so they put it on a truck. It goes to the new school and it goes in that room."
The majority of the school was moved Monday in just nine hours with remaining items gathered and delivered Tuesday.
Hill said, "The key to this was a plan and then wonderful people. I’ve got sixty-one wonderful staff that worked their tails off for the last two days and we've moved a complete school."

Student and adult volunteers also helped. Including Heritage State bank employees Steve Swearengen and Amber Taylor who assembled part of a conference room table and carried boxes. They say it’s how the community gets behind the school system. Swearengen commented, "The kids. That’s what it’s about and the community. They're, that’s the next generation. The next wave and it’s just, you know, it makes you feel good just to be a part of it."

With the move ahead of schedule 5th grade teachers and others are able to get things in their place in the classroom making the break a little more enjoyable. Fifth grade teacher Cindy Gammon said, "it reduces the stress greatly so we can get everything done this week and enjoy next week with our family."
Cafeteria crews put equipment to the test. And when students return they’ll find a bigger better school. Something Gammon praised, "I love that how large it is. It’s accommodating for all the students. We no longer have to travel outside to various buildings, everything’s located under one room and it just makes everything so much easier for the kids and for the staff."
     The old middle school will eventually be remodeled along with having a new FEMA shelter added to the site which will then house 7th and 8th grade students. The new intermediate school will be home to 5th and 6th grade for a few years but eventually will house 4th and 5th grade students.


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