Vollmer: Storm could slow work on Ramstad

Minot Supt. Mark Vollmer said this week’s snow storm is likely to push construction back even further on the new Erik Ramstad Middle School. However, he said that matters less now that the school district has decided to move into the new middle school under construction in northwest Minot over Thanksgiving week.

The construction project had fallen more than 60 days behind schedule prior to this week’s heavy snowfall, due to poor weather last fall and this winter. Vollmer had originally hoped to have students and teachers start classes in the new Ramstad this fall. Instead, the school board decided last week to move the move-in date to late November, giving construction crews time to finish the school building. Other construction projects, including renovation of and an addition to Longfellow Elementary, an addition to Lewis and Clark Elementary, and the new gymnasium under construction at Jim Hill Middle School, were expected to be finished by the start of school this fall. Students at Ramstad will continue to attend classes at the Minot Municipal Auditorium through November.

Ramstad was destroyed by the flood and Longfellow was heavily damaged. Lincoln Elementary was also destroyed in the flood and the addition at Longfellow is intended to replace that school, while the addition at Lewis and Clark is intended to address continued growth in the district.

Classes were held in Minot on Monday, despite the snow. Vollmer, who had been out driving in the city at 3 a.m. Monday to assess road conditions, said he didn’t think it necessary to cancel classes. Many other schools in the region either canceled classes or had a delayed start on Monday due to the late spring storm, which dumped more than a foot of snow on the ground in some places.

Andrea Johnson