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Public receives tour of new Alta Middle School

Thursday, September 4, 2003

The Alta Middle School was opened up for tours last Saturday during the Quasquicentennial Celebration.

While seventh and eight graders moved into classrooms at the beginning of the school year, fifth and sixth graders won't move into a completed building for at least another month.

"Our goal is to be completed in a month," said School Superintendent Fred Maharry.

The front doors were just put in last week, which means it will take at least two more weeks two finish the surrounding ceiling and floor. The classrooms, measuring at 845 square feet, are simple, but efficient. There is plentiful cupboard space for storage and large windows provide natural lighting and views of extensive green space.

"There are not a lot of fancy wrinkles," Maharry said. "We basically wanted something practical."

The floors are vinyl at the request of custodians, who wanted something easy to clean. The entire building will also be air-conditioned.

The building features a music room, built to accommodate the movement of large instruments, and the full-length gym will be able fit up to 480 spectators.

The color scheme is based off of the Cyclones' school colors, red and white with tan highlights.

Many of the old chairs and tables were recycled to save on money and will be replaced as necessary. Maharry said the school system will have some money left over when construction is complete to be used at the school's discretion.

The Alta Public Library is also a part of the new construction project. Books and shelves from the Public Library, previously located in the Alta Community Center, have been moved into the new building by National Honor Society students.

The new library, which will house the public, middle school and elementary libraries, is roughly slated to be completed by mid-October. Computer hook-ups still need to be added and all of the books must be organized. Once the project is completed, everything should run smooth, Maharry said.



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