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Middletown Prairie Elementary open to public on August 12

The Mahomet-Seymour School Board will open Middletown Prairie Elementary located at 1301 S. Bulldog Drive for public viewing on Sunday, August 12 from 2 to 5 p.m.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. in the new gymnasium at Middletown Prairie Elementary School, at which time Superintendent Lindsey Hall, Board of Education President Max McComb, Project Manager from Broeren-Russo Construction Michael Hernandez and Dennis Young, President of Ittner Architects will briefly speak, followed by the ribbon cutting.

The 13,000 square foot building will house students nearly 750 students in Pre-K through 3 grade beginning August 17.

Some teachers have already accessed their classroom to prepare for the arrival of students. Superintendent Lindsay Hall said the building will be ready for the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, but some finishing touches may be necessary in the days ahead.

The building hosts 37 classrooms, not including those used for small group instruction or intervention: five Pre-K, 11 kindergarten, 11 first and 11 second-grade classes.

The layout for the 2018-2019 school year will include kindergarten classes remaining on the east of the building while Pre-K will be on the north side of the building. First and second grade students will be about to access stunning views overlooking the nearby agricultural fields to the west and the south of the school.

Ten of the classrooms are coupled with a cubbie space with student storage between the two rooms.

The cubbie storage space also provides kindergarten classrooms and five additional classrooms on the first floor with intruder and tornado safe spaces. The rest of the cubbie spaces on the first floor and those on the second floor are intruder safe.

For storm safety, Hall said the classrooms would go to the FEMA rated storm space located in the gymnasium.

Initially, the board approved 24 cubbie spaces for each classroom, but a change order earlier this summer by the district added another cubbie to each second-grade classroom. Because the side walls were built for 24 cubbies, the 25th cubbie will be located on the end wall between the two classroom access doors.

Classroom spaces for interventionists and specialists to see students, alongside a gymnasium (which includes a full-size basketball court, bleachers, a volleyball court and a larget LCD display), art and music rooms and a library are also located within the hallways that measure nearly one-third mile.

The building is rounded out with the existing administrative offices on the west end, a new school office on the east end and a cafeteria that has been renovated on the south end of the building.

Many first floor classrooms will have instant access to the enclosed playground that will include “open” concrete space, two playground structures (one of which is existing from Phase I), three basketball goals and a garden space.

The district plans to distribute drop-off and pick-up procedures for parents of students before the beginning of school. Hall briefly described the procedure as kindergarten parents will drop their child off on the north end of school while first and second-grade parents will drive around Middletown Prairie to access the northwest corner doors, then travel back around the building to exit the facility.

Instruction will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. at Middletown Prairie during the 2018-2019 school year.

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