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The anticipation has been building for the new Meridian High School Ninth Grade Building. As the opening day grows nearer for students, officials from the Meridian Public School district try to make the transition easy.
"Right now they are going through looking at the classrooms, the set up. We've given them a copy of the three levels. Every level has a window in each classroom. We don't have a basement as such,"explains Kent.
The purpose of the open house was to allow parents, students, and the public to become more familiar with the building. The purpose of the new building according to Charlie Kent, the superintendent of Meridian Public schools, is to bring ninth graders onto the Meridian High School campus.
"The goal was to...we were one of a few school districts that did not have our ninth graders on the campus at the high school. So this was done to put the high schoolers on the campus. They're now here and we can also participate in some of the things that we did not have."
Kent says the new ninth grade building meets high standards.
"This building is state-of-the-art. We have whiteboards, we have monitors, we have projectors in every classroom."
Now that's just the classrooms. Kent says some of the labs offer even more accessories.
"In the stem labs, we have whiteboards and the computer boards that the teacher can walk up and there's a board that looks just like a computer screen. And it is state-of-the-art."
The ninth graders won't be the only ones to benefit from the new building.
"What we are planning on doing is taking some of the things that we have in this building and moving them across to the high school as well,"says Kent.