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Derby district to open new, renovated middle schools for tours this week

Derby North Middle School, 3100 N. Rock Road, built from a $66.6 million bond issue approved in 2012
Derby North Middle School, 3100 N. Rock Road, built from a $66.6 million bond issue approved in 2012 Courtesy of Derby school district

Derby is ready to show off its new and renovated middle schools.

Ribbon cuttings and open houses for the new, $35 million Derby North Middle School and renovated Derby Middle School will be held Monday and Tuesday, district officials said.

The events will allow parents, students and community members to tour the two buildings, which were built or renovated with funds from a $66.6 million bond issue approved in 2012.

The ribbon cutting for Derby North Middle School, 3100 N. Rock Road, is 5 p.m. Monday. An open house will follow, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The building features one main classroom wing per grade, three interior courtyards with solar panels, and a music suite that doubles as a Federal Emergency Management Agency-approved storm shelter.

A ribbon cutting for Derby Middle School, 801 E. Madison, is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, with an open house from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. The school received about $16 million in renovations from the bond issue, including a new media center, technology wing and administrative area. A secondary gymnasium and storm shelter is under construction.

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias.

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