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Put the Kettle on....

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.
Jun. 5, 2010 7:13 am
Glad all are safe - what a trying way to end the year. (As a side note: the building where I went to high school and later taught for over 20 years was torn down last fall...seems like a big part of my past is gone.)
Jun. 5, 2010 7:15 am
Why so late in closing the year? Did you have lots of snow days?
Jun. 5, 2010 7:45 am
The students were finished on Thursday. Since I am in the guidance office I work an extra 2 weeks to finish up schedules, get out final transcripts, etc. We only had 2 snow days and a fire day this year.
Jun. 5, 2010 8:11 am
Wow! That's some not so good excitement!! I'm glad everyone's ok and could finish up, but WOW!
Jun. 5, 2010 9:25 am
How awful...I hate to hear that. I don't know what I'd do if I lost all the things I've accumulated in my classroom over the last 13 years. And now, in such tough economic times, what a loss. I'm sorry.
Jun. 5, 2010 10:36 am
Is there any word on what caused the fire? Seems a bit odd that there would be a fire so close to the end of the year. Sounds like someone might have been trying to get out of exams.
Jun. 5, 2010 10:45 am
Funny how so many people thought that very same thing, Dawn! But, though no official word yet, it is almost certain it was electrical in nature as one of the main electrical boxes is located on the stage which is in the gym. Plus, the school was locked and had been empty for a few hours before the fire started. I'm sure all angles will be investigated, however.
Jun. 5, 2010 12:53 pm
Sorry to hear the bad news, thankfully the custodian was able o get out! I hope they get everything in order to finish the year out. Take care.
Jun. 5, 2010 4:48 pm
That sends a shudder up my spine.
Jun. 11, 2010 7:28 am
Could this be a student not wanting to take exams??!??!?! Kind of an extreme way to go about it... Your school year finishes way early to us. I teach right up to June 25 and last day of work is June 30. We are a middle school though and the high school always gets out about a week earlier.
Jun. 11, 2010 5:30 pm
Our students were finished up on June 3rd and teachers were gone on the 4th. I'm a secretary in the guidance office and work until the 17th. The counselors were finished today. All of our buildings are on the same calendar. Do you go back later? I'll start back on Aug. 9th and the students come back on the 24th of Aug. They are working 24/7 to get this mess cleaned up. I have seen photos of the gym and it wasn't as bad as I thought, though the gym is trashed with structural damage. They are saying the school should be ready by the 24th but the gym probably won't be. They are still investigating the cause, so not sure what caused the fire.
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