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Ribbon cutting for new Anamosa Middle School

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Last year middle schoolers in Anamosa went to class in a building that was nearly 100 years old. Sunday there was a ribbon cutting at a brand new school.

Anamosa Middle School opened to students back in August. But it wasn't until now, nearly four months later, that members of the community got their first look inside a building many never thought possible.

"He would think it was a fantasy," said Joyce Poulter, former superintendent's wife.  "Not a dream but a fantasy, impossible!"

Joyce Poulter's husband, James, served as superintendent of the Anamosa Community School District for 24 years, until his retirement in the 1980s. More than a decade after his death, Poulter attended the ribbon cutting of a brand new Anamosa Middle School.

The new middle school has bigger classrooms, is climate controlled and brings new safety features like doors that automatically lock during the day and a tornado room.

"They feel like they get a lot more done and it's a more efficient and a more positive way to be educated," said Brian Ney, Superintendent.

The building also serves more students, fifth graders in addition to sixth through eighth.

"I like that it's big and bright and light," said Karen Ginn, fifth grade teacher.  "They have a chance to do a lot of things here."

Students say they like being able to move around, but miss some of the charm of the old school.

"It's kind of sad because there's not all those cool passageways, like shortcuts, and you don't get to go outside between buildings," said Kaci Ginn, seventh grade student.

But for Poulter, the new building shows the cooperation between the community and the school district, something she says her husband found difficult during his time serving the district.

"I really am thrilled with it all," said Poulter.  "It's just a real privilege to be here."

The district funded the building through bonds against future sales tax revenue. That means they didn't have to raise property taxes to fund the school.

The school district now wants to renovate Anamosa High School.  They'll put the issue to voters in the spring.

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