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School District still unsure where middle school students will end up second semester

According to a report on, Mason City school officials still have not decided where 7th and 8th grade students will be going to school much of the second semester.|According to the last interview (November 15th) conducted with Mason City School Superintendent Anita Micich, Madison School seemed like the destination for seventh graders and the High School would be the destination for eighth graders starting second semester, which begin in early January 2011. However, a November 23rd Globe Gazette story called the students’ moves “rumors” and “one option.” If there are other options, no one from the school district is bringing them to the public’s attention, and the Globe has never reported these rumored “other options” despite conducting their own interviews with Micich.

From the John Adams Middle School website operated by the school district:
Construction information: At the start of the school year, the district was awarded two grants for construction projects at John Adams Middle School. One was for the cafeteria and kitchen updates, and the other was for insulation, windows, and air quality. This is great news as it will update the buildings and provide better learning environments while also saving the district money. The kitchen cafeteria work will start over winter break and will run to the start of next school year. The construction work for the John Adams building will start during spring break and will run through first semester next year. Both grants are time-sensitive and must be completed before January 1, 2012. Currently, we are considering what our options are pertaining to student movement and placement during this time. Major considerations are student safety and the least amount of disruption to student learning. We want to ensure that students’ needs are being addressed at all levels and we do realize that the improvements to the quality of the learning environment will cause disruption to our current classrooms. We want to assure our families that we are making every effort to plan for your students’ academic and social emotional needs. More information about the construction projects and its affects will be communicated shortly. will continue to follow this story.

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