It's moving in day at the new George McGovern Middle School in Sioux Falls. While the building won't be ready for students until next fall, district officials are wasting no time packing up and moving nearly everything from Axtell Park Middle School to the new George McGovern School.
Box by box, container by container, movers are packing up and moving out of Axtell Park Middle School.
"It's kind of like ants in an ant hill, everybody is kind of involved," director of operational services Jeff Kreiter said.
While it may look chaotic, school officials say it's actually well organized.
"When we moved Washington High School from downtown to Washington that was a big move, this probably the biggest one we've had in quite a few years," Kreiter said.
Workers are using six trucks to haul the desks, the books, and tables all to the new George McGovern Middle School several miles away on the city's far northwest side.
Before everything got moved like these desks, they first had to be inventoried and that started one year ago.
"It has been a little hectic, but we've known this was coming for a long time. As we finished using things during the school year, we'd try to pack them up, so it wasn't a huge task at the end of the year," teacher Margy Thorstenson said.
"I think everybody is pretty excited. I think there's a little skepticism everywhere about the new home and how much work it involves, but I think we are there," Kreiter said.
While it'll be hard to say good-bye to Axtell Park, long-time teachers are looking forward to the new school.
"I'm really excited, we got to go out and see the building in February and it's amazing, it's beautiful, it's very exciting and the kids are going to love it," Thorstenson said.
Axtell Park will still be used by the district. Students and programs at Joe Foss Alternative High School will move in to the building, along with the district's other alternative programs.