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Prinsburg, Minn., celebrates completion of phase one of school project

PRINSBURG — Members of the Central Minnesota Christian School joined at the school here to celebrate the completion of the $6 million, phase one portion of its building project on Labor Day.

The ribbon cutting ceremony, attended by more than 200 people, was an opportunity to mark the completion of work on the project prior to the start of the school year. The work has been fully funded through contributions by school constituents.

Work on the project, led by general contractor Marcus Construction Company of Willmar, began following a groundbreaking on July 4, 2012.

Workers began demolishing the remaining, old existing secondary classrooms the day after school adjourned last spring. They kept a tight schedule to complete work on this most recent phase of the project so that classes could begin today in the new 46,000-square-foot facility. It will be used mainly by secondary school students.

“Our family and some of our employees have a long history with CMCS, so it’s been a fun community project to be part of,’’ said, Ross Marcus, CEO of Marcus Construction, in a news release announcing the event.

The school is continuing a drive to raise the remaining $1.5 million of the $3 million goal for the 30,000-square-foot second phase portion of the project. It will house music and athletic department facilities.

The fund drive has seen strong support from the local school community, but has also enjoyed financial support from around the nation from alumni and other school constituents.

“The building is a tool for the Christian education of our kids,’’ Larry Marcus, a leadership member from the school told those attending the celebration Monday. “It is not a monument to us. It all belongs to God.’’