The kids of Crestline Elementary School will begin the new year in a temporary location. Their school was destroyed by fire, and the children were disbursed to different schools in the February of this year according to Fox 12.
The old Hewlett-Packard office building has been turned into a makeshift school for the Crestline Elementary kids.
Principal Bobbi Hite said, “There were some options, but it was getting our kids and family back under one building,” and he went on to say, “What was most important was to have a cafeteria and a gym, and we really needed to be okay with no lids or ceilings in our classrooms.
A group of architects came up with the design for the building, turning the offices into 20 classrooms that will accommodate 500 students.
The classrooms don’t have ceilings, so to cut down on sound waves, they used special wallboards.
Mary Krzysiak, a fourth grade teacher, reported that preparations for the first day are in full swing. She put the final touches on her classroom Friday morning, saying, “We can focus on the kids and what they need versus just kind of surviving, which is kind of how we spent the last four months.”
The cost for the transformation? More than one million dollars, but the insurance company covered the whole thing.
“It’s a new start, we’re rebuilding physically, but also mentally too,” said Krzyiak.
Most parents are ecstatic about the makeshift school, but some are concerned.
Morgan Ryder expressed her worries about a makeshift school by saying, "I just worry how all this change is going to effect their Autistic children. In February they had the fire and were displaced going to a new school. This fall they're going to yet another new school, and next fall it's yet another new school. Poor kiddos and poor parents. I hope all of these transitions are as easy as possible for all those involved."
Construction of a new elementary school is underway at the site of the old school, and is planning on opening for the 2014 school year, but in the meantime, students, teachers, staff, and parents alike will be glad to share the same space again. Investigators never could figure out the cause of the fire that destroyed the original school.