School Rebuilding Efforts

By: Rayne McKenzie Email
By: Rayne McKenzie Email

The Barbour County School Board is continuing its efforts to recover from a fire in November of 2006.

Already a new lunchroom is being remodeled and temporary classrooms have been brought in to allow students to continue learning.

Nancy Norton, with Barbour County Primary School said, "We've had a couple of classes in the library, we have two portable buildings and teachers and children have just kept right on working."

The school fire called for quick action to be taken to redistribute those students whose classrooms were destroyed. However, administrators say there are some positive changes that have come from the fire.

Barbour Co. Superintendent Admin. Asst. Gary Quick said, "Total loss was a lunchroom and two classrooms. These were dated and the lunchroom was on plan for capital replacement and even though it’s a great loss, we can get [them] replaced more quickly."

Students and teachers are ready for the new additions to be completed.

Norton says, "It's exciting for teachers and students, five new classrooms and a new lunchroom with more space than before."

The lunchroom won't be completed until August. Until then, the school lunches will continue to be transported from the high school, a major inconvenience to lunchroom staff at the primary school.

The entire reconstruction process is estimated to cost $800,000 dollars; $500,000 of that is coming from the school's insurance company and the other three the school is hoping, will be provided by a grant they have already applied for.

The new classrooms are expected to be completed and ready for use by students in August of 2008.

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