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Parents, community praise Southern Boone R-1’s expanded middle school

Parents, community praise Southern Boone R-1’s expanded middle school

Southern Boone R-1 school district interim superintendent Dr. Tim Roth (in light blue suit) and the Ashland Chamber of Commerce prepare to cut the ribbon on a $7.7 million expansion/renovation of the middle school in Ashland (November 10, 2022 photo from 939 the Eagle’s Brian Hauswirth)

Several dozen parents, residents and business leaders turned out for Thursday’s open house for the newly renovated and expanded Southern Boone R-1 middle school.

Southern Boone R-1 interim superintendent Dr. Tim Roth tells 939 the Eagle that the $7.7 million project captures what Southern Boone is all about.

“About making sure that we’re here for our students. We want to provide a quality education for them, and making sure that our students, parents and our faculty are all involved in the process,” Dr. Roth says.

The project is being funded by an April 2021 voter-approved bond issue. The project connected two existing buildings with the new addition, which includes a new main office, science labs, library and vocational area. Dr. Roth describes the science labs as top-notch.

“We’ve look at different types of equipment that needed to be put in there, and made sure it’s all age-appropriate. We have new microscopes, we have smartboards put in there,” Dr. Roth says.

The district offered guided tours of the middle school last night.