Northlanders Impressed with New Duluth Middle Schools

By KBJR News 1

September 16, 2012 Updated Sep 16, 2012 at 11:10 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Hundreds of Northlanders toured the new East and West middle schools in Duluth.

The newly renovated Ordean-East and brand new Lincoln Park Middle Schools kicked off the school year on Monday, but the doors were open to the public today from 1:00-5:00.

This year, 660 students are enrolled at Lincoln Park Middle school, and 972 students are enrolled at Ordean-East.

The schools both feature science labs, a pool, gyms, media centers, enhanced security and Smart board technology.

Students and adults at both schools said they are pleased with the new buildings.

"The windows, the view, the whole thing is gorgeous," Diane Wiita, a Lincoln Park Middle School Alumnus said.

"I love that it's so efficient," Jenna Unden, an 8th grader at Lincoln Park Middle School said. "The windows are slanted because it keeps in the sunlight so the teachers don't have to use their lights in class."

"It's nice and big and spacey," Parker Kleive, a 7th grader at Ordean-East Middle School said. "It doesn't feel like you’re cramped into a space."

"You walk into this part of the building and it looks very familiar, from what it was before, but you get behind in the classrooms, it's a big change," Tom Boman, a former teacher said.

Principals at both schools say attendance at the open houses were steady.

Jennifer Walch
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