What an end to our school year!
Jun. 5, 2010 6:02 am
Updated: Jun. 11, 2010 5:30 pm
Tuesday afternoon I left my job at the high school like I always do and headed home. At about 5:30 pm I received 2 phone calls - one from my dad and one from my brother-in-law. The high school was on fire! Throughout the evening I was in touch with
other co-workers and received several "blast" calls from the principal and superintendent. It was true! A fire had broken out in the gym! This high school has not only been my place of employment the past 20 years, but I graduated from there 30 years ago
- I was an athlete and have many memories in that gym.
Wednesday was to be the start of exams for the students. Instead classes were cancelled and the staff was directed to report to the church hall next door to the school. We met most of the day and came up with a new exam schedule for the students. They could
report to the church hall on Thursday and Friday to take their exams. Each of us was allowed about 3 minutes to go into our areas and gather materials we would need to work. My office is at the opposite end of the building so there was no fire or water damage
- just smoke and plenty of stink. Rumor has it we might be able to return to our offices next week. My last day of work for the year is June 17th.
Fortunately nobody was in the building at the time except for the night custodian and he escaped unharmed. There's talk of $2 million in damages and structural damage to the gym and surrounding classrooms. There's talk it won't be ready by Fall for classes.
This could be interesting.
This year has been a very stressful year with levies going down in defeat each and every time. Numerous cuts have been made in all areas, from supplies to teachers to busses to support staff and even administrators have been cut.
I'm just thankful it didn't happen several hours earlier when the school would have been filled with people, or several hours later when the custodian would have been gone. This could have been much, much worse.