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Austin Schools Kick Off Holton Meetings

Posted at: 03/04/2013 7:00 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Jean McDermott described the near building with unabashed pride:

"It's everything I expected and more."

Six months before students take their first classes in Austin's new fifth and sixth grade intermediate school, it was time for mom and dad to get a preview.

"We can give them a little more idea of the layout of I-J Holton, talk about the classes they're going to have there" principal Jean McDermott told us.

On Monday, the Austin school district kicked-off a series of information and registration meetings for parents of students who will be attending the new school when it opens this fall.

The school will operate with a STEAM curriculum. STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and math.

"Inquiry based learning, where we're asking questions and we're given the time to explore a little more deeply into those questions in small collaborative groups" principal Jean McDermott explained.

“And with the electronics that we have and access to information that we're going to have, it's just a really nice fit."

Construction on the school, which is named for former Hormel foods president I-J Holton, is on schedule, aiming for a mid-July completion.

"The classrooms have been painted, they're starting to lay down floors, it's really starting to look like a school on the inside" Jean McDermott said.

The Austin school district held its first parent meeting at noon Monday at Neveln elementary school. A second meeting will be held at Neveln at 6:30 Monday night.

Other meetings include March 7th at 9AM and 5PM at Sumner elementary school, March 12th at noon and 6:30 at Banfield elementary, March 19th at noon and 6:30PM at Southgate elementary, and March 26th at 11:30 and 5:30 at Christgau hall at Austin High school