Before Miller Middle School Principal Jacy Large welcomes his first students as the new leader of the school, he will welcome the leader of the country.
Large, who took over the job this summer, is getting ready for the big visit to his school by President Barack Obama Tuesday afternoon.
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we're glad they are coming to Miller," Large said.
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Seating was brought into Miller Middle School Monday as part of the preparations for the visit by President Barack Obama. Obama is expected to speak at approximately 3:45 p.m. Tuesday at the old gym in Miller.
Obama will speak in the old gym at Miller - which might seem odd with the new gym at the school built several years ago - but Large said the campaign liked the quaint setting of the old gym.
Large said Miller staff have worked with the Secret Service to make sure they have a few classrooms to use and have all the amenities they need. Aside from that, the campaign is bringing in its own vendors for setting up the stage and making other preparations for the event.
"They are going to be doing their own staging and bringing in their own lighting system," Large said.
Large said it will be an honor to meet the president during his visit.
"We're excited and it's fun to go through the process," he said.
Doors open at 2 p.m with Obama expected to speak at approximately 3:45 p.m. Campaign staff handed out several hundred tickets for the event downtown Sunday. Kay Gill, chair of the Marshall County Democratic Party, said a group of more than 100 were upset they were unable to get a ticket.
"They were (upset), but unfortunately it was first-come, first-serve," Gill said.
Those who have a ticket to the event are excited for the historic visit, the first visit by a sitting president since 1940.
"For a town the size of Marshalltown to be able to see a sitting president in a small setting, people are very excited," Gill said. "How many little towns our size get put on the map that way?"
Those who have a ticket are asked to park in the surrounding neighborhoods around Miller. There is limited handicapped parking in front of Miller Middle School.