PARSHALL, ND. - Parshall High School students are back in school after the holidays, but instead of hearing a bell in between classes, they're hearing drills.
the finishing touches are being put on their new school.
With the old building located right next door, students and faculty began the moving process just before Christmas break.
While they have already begun classes in the new building; small things, including a school bell, are still being added.
Students Lilly Dixon and Landen Young Bird say they are grateful for the change.
“It felt really awesome, because we really needed the new building, because if you looked at our old building before it was really run down.” said Dixon.
“Things were falling apart. Tires were coming out of the ground. First thing I thought when I walked in here is that it's really big. We have a lot more space in the hallways, and we don't have to worry about anything else.” said Young Bird.
The old building was built in the 1960s and had both safety and security issues, as well asbestos concerns. The new school building comes with updated classrooms, a new gymnasium and the state's first "Phab Lab."
School Board President Michelle Hoff says that these changes are needed improvements.
"We have a new updated science area, so it's going to meet code. We have a large gym facility. You have larger classrooms. Definitely an increase in our safety and security, both in the classroom and in the building itself. So, a lot of things are just up to date and current," said Hoff.
The building was made possible by a 2018 bond referendum totaling $5.4 million and a matching grant from the Three Affiliated Tribes.
While finishing touches to the new building are expected to wrap within a few weeks, the students of Parshall High school are still in for some changes. The school has already broken ground for a new stadium expected to be completed in August of 2020.
The public is invited to an open house Jan. 7 from 4-6 p.m. to tour the new school.