Sturgis middle schoolers in new location - KOTA Territory News

Sturgis middle schoolers in new location



It's been two weeks since the October blizzard ruined buildings, including the Sturgis Middle School, which suffered a caved-in roof.

All 480 students of that the school had their second day in new locations Wednesday.
The sixth graders have taken over the administrative building, which used to be a school. Seventh graders moved into an old Catholic school, and the eighth graders joined the high schoolers.


Don Kirkegaard, Spearfish school district superintendent, says this arrangement will have to work for the rest of the school year. "You know, I will be very, very surprised if we were able to move back in this school year. I just, I think there's no possibility we'll be in this year," said Kirkegaard.

Lora Wilson, a sixth grade math teacher, says the situation in the administrative building is great. Even though the first day Tuesday was hectic, the transition for her and her students is smooth. "The fear of the unknown is worse than when you actually start doing it," said Wilson. "And even after yesterday, I thought 'oh this is going to work, this is great, we can do it.'"

Kirkegaard says he would like to activate plans on the middle school by January 1. 



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