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  • Moving into the Heritage Building

  • To blend the old with the new is exactly what School of the Osage aimed to do with the construction at the Heritage Building over the past year.
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  • To blend the old with the new is exactly what School of the Osage aimed to do with the construction at the Heritage Building over the past year.
    When voters passed a bond issue in 2012, plans began taking shape for the remodel and addition to the Heritage Building. The entire campus is now known as the Leland O. Mills campus which houses the existing Mills Elementary, Heritage Building and soccer complex. Heritage Elementary which houses kindergarten through second grade along with preschool, central office and maintenance are all inside the Heritage building.
    The historic building was originally built in 1933 and has been added to many times. Mills Elementary was built close by in the 1960s but now is simply not big enough to house the district's needs.
    The new building will accommodate the current 400-some students and allow for hundreds more according to Superintendent Brent Depeé.
    "Hopefully we will be done with building for a while," Depeé said of the project.
    Moving officially began on Monday, July 21 and is expected to be finished soon. Touch-ups such as adding additional flooring and small jobs will continue for about another week.
    "We have a lot of little things we have to do," Depee added.
    Teachers should be able to get into their classrooms and begin the organization process the beginning of August just in time for classes to begin August 20.

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