Lamar Middle School Construction Update

Published 08/05 2014 06:30PM

Updated 08/05 2014 07:23PM

LAMAR, MO.--- "The gym floor will not be complete as school starts and there will be some other small pieces that will have to be completed before students are able to safely enter the building," said Dr. Zach Harris, Lamar Schools Superintendent.

The first day of school won't look the same as it did before Lamar students left for summer break.

"I really love the idea of the new building. Late in my middle school years, I just think it's really interesting to have it," said Alex Burgess, Lamar 8th grader .

Lamar 8th grader, Alex Burgess, bikes two miles almost daily to see the building's progress. 

"I like looking at construction. I love looking at time lapse of stuff. Even if I can't record it, I still love looking at it to see how far they've gotten, from demolishing the 1936 building to almost finishing this one," said Burgess.

Even though the gym won't be ready to use on the first few days back, it's one piece of construction he's most excited about. 

"It's just going to be exciting. Looking brand new, twice the size of the old one, basically. And just with all the new goals and everything like that," said Burgess.

There will be one piece in the building that isn't new. Students and staff will recognize the 1936 stone that was removed from the outside of the existing building and moved to the inside of the new building.

"Basically, to just honor the historical piece to the district. History is a big piece of this community and the school district and trying to maintain the benefit of that in our community," said Dr. Harris. 

The new facility, which was funded through an $8.5 million school bond, will provide a safer environment, a new gymnasium, classrooms, a superintendents office and a bigger band room. The band room will also be a safe room that will house up to 650 students.

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