Multi-million dollar middle school nears completion

ALBION, Neb. - A multi-million dollar construction project is nearing completion in north central Nebraska.

Boone Central's new middle school building will be home to around 150 students this fall.

"We're all going to be under one roof now," said Middle School Principal Bill Curry. 

Before this new building, the district kept things separated, with a 15-minute drive to Petersburg included.

"It's difficult to operate a district in two different towns, especially with the distance apart," said Curry.

Two years ago the school board voted to close the old facility and bring a $4 million middle school to Albion.

"It's really not about the building," said Curry. "It's really about the staff and kids and the philosophy towards serving those students."

Although the old school is now closed, Curry says they're not letting it go to waste.

"We are bringing over a lot...of the stuff from Petersburg is going to be re-purposed," said Curry.

The 16,000-square-foot addition creates 12 new classrooms.

An open house and ribbon cutting for the new Boone Central Middle School will be held on Monday, August 16.