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Liberty Middle School opens its doors

Liberty’s library, located on the second floor of the building, provides plenty of books, reading space and natural light for fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. Daniel Determan / West Fargo Pioneer1 / 3
Liberty’s classrooms were deliberately left somewhat bland to allow teachers to decorate their rooms to match their personality and teaching style. Daniel Determan / West Fargo Pioneer 2 / 3
Liberty’s new gymnasium has plenty of space for physical activities. Daniel Determan / West Fargo Pioneer3 / 3

Yesterday, Liberty Middle School, West Fargo’s newest school, opened its doors to 767 middle schoolers and 209 fifth-graders, despite the fact that the school is not completely finished.

“The big question is ‘is Liberty ready to go?’ and the short answer is yes,” Superintendent David Flowers said. “We have certificates of occupancy, and all health and safety codes have been met. We are good to go.”

According to Flowers, there are a few nonessential itams that still require attention, and will be worked after school hours and on weekends.

Likewise, the music wing of the school will not be ready for another two weeks, and music classes will be temporarily relocated to an alternate space.

Construction of the school’s auditorium is still on schedule according to the original architectural plan, and should be complete in October.

“Most importantly, the cafeteria is ready to go,” principal Denise Jonas said jokingly.

School officials encourage parents to take extra care when dropping off students, as continued work on the school and Veterans’ Boulevard have stifled traffic.