Hamlin Middle School students learn about construction of new school building

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Seventh grade students at Hamlin Middle School stepped out of the classroom Wednesday to see the construction of their new school building.

The students toured the construction site next to their current school in Springfield and learned about the process of designing and building the new facility.

Voters passed a $68 million bond measure two years ago.

A portion of that money is being used to construct the new building.

Springfield School District officials says the current building is outdated and crowded.

"Other than the weather delays, it's been going really well,” said Chief Operations Officer Brett Vancey. “We have, obviously, ongoing meetings with the general contractor between the district and the general contractor. And we're problem solving; it's a great relationship and I think it's going to be a fabulous product when it's all done."

"I'm looking forward to it being two stories high; the one story is just smaller and it's crowded," said Hamlin Middle School 7th grader Evelyn Razo.

Construction of the new building is set to be completed in December.

Officials say staff and students will move in at the beginning of next year.

The old building will be demolished and used as field and parking space.

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