Construction is wrapping up on the new M.V. Elementary and the Enderby school will open Dec. 16.

Construction is wrapping up on the new M.V. Elementary and the Enderby school will open Dec. 16.

Beattie nears completion

Planning is well underway for what’s likely the largest move ever in Enderby’s history.

Planning is well underway for what’s likely the largest move ever in Enderby’s history.

Students and staff will relocate to the new M.V. Elementary School Dec. 16.

“We’ve been in there several times and we’re determining what needs to be done,” said principal Carl Cooper of hauling desks, equipment and supplies.

“There’s 100 years of stuff kicking around. But we have a handle on the classroom move.”

Relocation into the $12.9 facility coincides with the last day of classes before Christmas break. All students will walk over from the old building together and then they will assemble in the new gym.

“We will have a video on of the construction and welcoming speakers,” said Cooper.

“There will be celebrations in the classes and then we will send them home for Christmas.”

Over the holidays, salvage work will begin in the current school (parts of it date to 1914). It’s not known when demolition of the structure will occur.

Much of the pre-move planning has only involved teachers and support staff to date.

Cooper anticipates students will begin to show more interest in the process as Dec. 16 draws closer.

“They are so used to construction after 15 months so they’re not really thinking about it right now,” he said.

“We will do a countdown starting at 30 days (until the move) and then the enthusiasm will build.”

An official ribbon-cutting with Education Minister George Abbott is scheduled for Jan. 6.