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Students, volunteers — including solders from Fort Sill — and staff helped move into the new Sixth Grade Center in Elgin on Friday. Spec. Sean Davis, as he wheeled a filing cabinet into the new building, said the soldiers were recruited to help move some of the heavier items.Caden Terrill takes a quick reading break on Friday during move-in day for the new Sixth Grade Center in Elgin.Sixth-graders Laura Breidenstein and Lexie Baker arrange their new lockers on Friday in preparation for their first day of school on Monday in the newly completed Sixth Grade Center.

Elgin students ready to move into new Sixth Grade Center

ELGIN  Elgin Public School Superintendent Tom Crimmins was walking around the new Sixth Grade Center Friday with a smile on his face. The newly completed addition was bustling with activity.

With construction completed and all permits approved, the race was on to get students, teachers and supplies moved in.

Crimmins said this day had been a long time coming  It's been more than six years since the school district first started planning for the construction. One bond election, asking for $24 million, failed in 2010, but a trimmed-down measure asking for $14 million for the additions to the middle school and the elementary school passed in September 2011. Bids on the two projects were accepted at the April 2012 school board meeting. Even though school administrators had hoped construction would only take 18 to 24 months, unforeseen delays, including bad weather, pushed the opening back until this week.

But it was all hands on deck as 11 soldier volunteers from Fort Sill showed up at 8:30 a.m. Friday to help out with what they called, "the heavy stuff."

Staff Sgt. John Scott said nine soldiers of the 15th Transportation Company and two from  Bravo Company, 100th Brigade Support Battalion volunteered their services.

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