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Medicine Crow Middle School’s first students got a look inside their new school Friday.

Seventh-graders from Castle Rock Middle School who will move over to the new middle school next year toured the building off Bench Boulevard. Most were excited about having a new school.

“It’s much more modern,” said seventh-grader Katlyn Churchill.

The $29 million project is funded by a $122 million bond levy that voters passed in 2013. The school is scheduled to open this fall.

“Our classrooms right now are kind of small,” seventh-grader Bobby Rieke said about Castle Rock. “These are way bigger. You can dance in the middle of this classroom.”

Construction is still underway at Medicine Crow. Some classrooms were nearly finished, while other areas needed more work.

“I also like the flooring and how it goes with the walls,” said seventh-grader Aiden Carroll. He did think the school seemed big.

“I kind of seems like you’re gonna end up getting lost here,” he said.

New Medicine Crow Principal Nikki Hofmann, who’s currently the Castle Rock principal, said that easing students into the new building is a priority. Additional tours this spring will be offered for younger students who will be going to the school, and students will likely use a special schedule to ease into the first few days in the fall.

The building’s architecture emphasizes open spaces are large windows.

“I like that there’s a lot of natural light,” seventh-grader Liliana Griffin said. She was also a fan of the larger classrooms.

“I’m happy that the art room is so big,” she said. “Art is my favorite subject.”

Students also liked outdoor athletic fields.

“I can’t wait for softball season,” seventh-grader Alyssa Ulrickson said.

School District 2 officials are holding a public open house for the school, at the intersection of Bench Boulevard and Barrett Road, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. 

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Education reporter for the Billings Gazette.