It is not a normal school year at Memorial Middle School. Cement trucks are outside and construction crews are actively building a brand new addition onto the school.
"Our families have been so wonderful and understanding," Memorial Middle School Principal Carrie Aaron said.
Aaron says this major project is an exciting time in the school's history, but it doesn't come without a hitch.
"It's an exciting time, but it's a challenging time because we've had things that have happened with construction and our teachers are learning how to adapt to certain noises and so on, but the kids have been great about that too," Aaron said.
As teachers learn how to adapt to these noises, Aaron says making sure students stay safe is, above all, the most important thing. She says there is controlled access to this construction zone and no student will ever step foot in this construction zone without a teacher.
"At the end of our sidewalk there is a gate that is locked and it is open when the buses come and locked again and when the kids leave we unlock it and we're all out here when the kids leave. That is the only time they are anywhere near the construction," Aaron said.
The addition will add classrooms, an auditorium and expanded locker rooms and is expected to be complete by the beginning of next school year.
This expansion is expected to cost around $7 million.