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Moving days at McCormick

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    KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE Lois Lane-Unger, a 4th grade science teacher, packs up her desk at McCormick Middle School in preparation for their move to the new middle school building. Lane-Unger has been with the Wellington School District for 16 years, and has spent many of those years teaching at McCormick.

    KRISTIN BAUER

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WELLINGTON — Teachers, administrators and volunteers are in the process of moving to the new McCormick Middle School.

The old school building dates back to the 1890s.

“It has served the district and community well. As far as being productive to deliver education to our students, it was getting too old for that,” Superintendent Dennis Mock said.

The moving endeavor started Thursday night and will continue through the weekend and Monday. Students will be in their new classrooms Tuesday.

“They’ve been looking forward to this for a couple of school years. I know the kids are excited as I walk around the building,” Mock said.

On the students’ first day, teachers and administrators will be giving students tours by grade level throughout the day. Eighth-grade students, who were moved to the high school at the beginning of the year due to space concerns in the old McCormick building, will shift from there to the new middle school.

Mock said the newest technology and updated classrooms are hallmarks of the new building.

The building will also be accessible to students with physical disabilities. The old building had 11 different levels; the new school will have two, and an elevator.

The school will be able to accommodate about 500 students, leaving the district room to grow from the current 337 students at McCormick.

Moving to a new building also will alleviate the typical problems that come with a structure more than 100 years old. Maintaining old flooring and plumbing was getting too costly.

“It got to the point that it was too expensive to replace those kinds of items,” said Mock.

The gym at the old McCormick Middle School will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 12 for members of the community to look at items from the school and take them home as mementos. A donation to Wellington Schools is asked in exchange for taking items.

The building will be dedicated Dec. 13, when families and community members are welcome to come and get a tour of the new building.



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