TWIN BUTTES Construction of the Twin Buttes Elementary School in Twin Buttes is ahead of schedule, said principal Sandy Starr.
"It's almost totally enclosed," Starr said Thursday.
Ground was broken for the 24,500-square-foot new school May 16, two weeks before the scheduled start date.
This is the front of the new Twin Buttes Elementary School being built in Twin Buttes. The $9.2 million project, financed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Three Affiliated Tribes, is scheduled for completion in March 2013.
Contractor for the project is Flintco, LLC of Albuquerque, N.M. Lonnie Burr is senior project manager for the new school project.
The new school, for kindergarten through Grade 8, will replace the existing school located a short distance away.
The school project costs about $9.2 million and is being financed through the Bureau of Indian Affairs, with matching funds from the Three Affiliated Tribes, said Glenda Baker Embry, tribal public information officer.
Starr said the existing school was built in the 1950s and needs repairs. When the new school is finished, the old school will be torn down, she said.
The building project is on an accelerated schedule and its current completion date is March 2013.
The new school is located just north of the existing school.
Twin Buttes Elementary School has 40 students attending it this year, Starr said.
Twin Buttes is located in the southwest area of the Fort Berthold Reservation.