MISSOULA — Within the next few days students and staff at Missoula's C.S. Porter Middle School will be moving into newly constructed or renovated areas.
Construction is moving to conclusion at the other middle schools as the multi-million dollar "Smart Schools 2020" construction effort winds down.
Missoula County Public School's middle school buildings were among the last to see construction as part of the big construction plans approved by voters in 2015.
Now contractors are in the final stages of completing new music rooms, offices, class space and more secure entry ways.
"It's amazing, these new spaces are great, new instructional environments for our kids. But obviously it goes with a lot of headaches," said Rob Watson, MCPS Superintendent. "... Parents and students and staff have been very, very flexible through these projects. So just really appreciate all of their help."
During a tour at C.S. Porter this morning, trustees were told the staff was getting the "all clear" to start moving into new areas. Students will likely be using the new music rooms next week.
At Meadow Hill, the new entrances, office, lunch room and gym are open, with music rooms to follow this spring.