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Mott-Regent breaks ground on new school

MOTT--On a cool evening that felt like school could start and summer's over, kids and adults gathered Friday for grilled burgers and speeches to officially break ground on a new school to replace one built generations ago.

MOTT-On a cool evening that felt like school could start and summer's over, kids and adults gathered Friday for grilled burgers and speeches to officially break ground on a new school to replace one built generations ago.

Mott-Regent has a lot to look forward to this fall-a new two-story elementary school rising just to the north of the high school and a darned good football team in the mix for school and community spirit.

About 75 or so people attended the picnic-style event up at the school. A recent rain freshened the air and the kids tumbled around the playground and adults milled near the smoking grills.

School board president Lucas Greff said it added up to a great night in the combined school district's history.

"I'm super, super excited. It's been a long process and we've had our ups and downs, but this will keep the school viable for a long time," he said. With four children and one more on the way, Greff says, "I've got a pile" to add to the school's future enrollment.

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New school superintendent Viola LaFontaine was out front, getting to know the townspeople gathered around. She resigned at Williston Public Schools to take the Mott job and said she's looking forward to doing for Mott what she did for the largest school system in the Oil Patch-bring in a new building with skill and style.

"At least it's familiar to me, but I still want to do a really great job," she said.

Mott Mayor Troy Mosbrucker said he's pleased Mott-Regent patrons supported the $8.6 million elementary school project at the June election, after turning down a total rebuild K-12 building the year before.

"We're investing in our kids. We need to band together and make it work," the mayor said. He hopes the new school draws new teachers and families into the Mott-Regent area.

"It makes that decision a lot easier," he said.

Jaden Steiner is an excited little fourth-grader, with opinions about the new, 37,000-square-foot school she'll go to starting fall of 2017.

"I think it will be better," she said. "We're gonna have fun. All the stairs in this school make my legs hurt."

Greff said the 1910 elementary will be retired with thought and care in 2018.

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"We want to close it with dignity, perhaps inviting all the alumni to have one last walk through," he said.

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