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Published November 19, 2013, 06:08 PM

Barnes County North students finally move into new school building

Rogers, ND (WDAY TV) - Students at Barnes County North are finally in their new school building.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Rogers, ND (WDAY TV) - Students at Barnes County North are finally in their new school building.

Construction of the new Pre-K through 12 building ran way behind schedule, and wasn't ready for the first day of school this year.

Sitting in the heart of Barnes County lies a brand new school, still somewhat in the making.

And Nearly three months late, students sitting inside like Senior Kayla Erker, now have another first in the books to round out their final year.

Kayla Erker/Senior: “I really enjoy being at the new school just because it's so spread out.”

Until this week, the 300 plus Pre-K through 12 students were attending class in Wimbledon because this multi-million dollar construction project was running months behind.

Mark Lindahl/Superintendent: “It's just awesome for all of our students to finally be together.”

Erker: “It was rough.”

It was a mad rush to get the school ready for students to move in and although they're here, there's still a lot of work left.

Lindahl: “Some drawbacks to being here, the gyms still aren't completed yet.”

They're coming up with temporary solutions like gym class and recess in the hallways, without a finished gymnasium or playground.

And Kayla says even though she's happy to finally be here with her friends.

Erker: “As a senior, I didn't really think it was worth the wait because I wanted to finish out my year at a school that I knew was going to be done and that I was going to graduate on stage from.”

At least the days of delayed deadlines and uncertainty are over.

Lindahl: “We haven't tried to dwell on the stuff in the past.”

Even if there are a few sizable pieces still missing.

The Superintendent says he hopes the rest of the building should be done by January or February.