Aberdeen School District Superintendent Dr. Alicia Henderson has announced that she has learned that driving the piles and laying the foundation for the new 6th Grade building at Miller Junior High School will take longer than originally planned.
Occupancy of the new building is now expected in October.
Dr. Henderson added that she has been hearing from the outset that soils in South Aberdeen are notoriously soft and complex. When the bid was awarded to Rognlin’s, Inc. on May 7, the August 15 opening was still on the calendar.
Superintendent Henderson said the plan is to keep all of the 6th and 7th Grades at Miller. Half of the 8th Grade will be housed in the four outside classrooms on the north side of the Stevens Elementary campus with teachers Laura Carle, Matt Harless, Sally Holt and Mike Tageant.
The 8th Grade was selected because the students are more mature, they’re already familiar with Miller and they know the teachers, she said.
Henderson noted that the Aberdeen School District has a history of successfully accommodating different age groups on a campus when necessary. For example, McDermoth Elementary School students were relocated to a portion of the Aberdeen High School campus during a remodeling project.
A Parent/Guardian meeting has been planned for 6 p.m. Monday, June 17, in the Student Center at Miller to discuss the change.
The meeting is open to the community as district staff share information and respond to questions and concerns.
Following the meeting, a Q&A will be posted on the “6th to Miller” page the District maintains on its web site.