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After March fire, HFISD Elementary ready for new school year

Updated: Wednesday, August 20 2014, 01:30 AM CDT
HAMSHIRE - by Lauren Huet

Although fire damage forced a few changes at Hamshire-Fannett Elementary, teachers and staff are ready and excited for the new school year. One of those changes includes a new portable for third graders, who lost their classrooms in the fire.

Gabriel Morrow is enjoying his final days of summer. Last March, fire damaged part of his school, so he'll attend class in a portable building. He's excited to see his new class.

"Umm, I'm happy actually, but I really want the new school to be built." said Gabriel. "The burnt down piece, I really want it to be like the way it was last time before it got burnt down."

"It will be a nice building for our third graders for a temporary time," said Hamshire-Fannett Elementary School Principal Karen Reneau, pointing to the new portable. "We're just excited to be able to have it ready for them on school on Monday."

Only the third graders will be in the portables. Other grades will be in their usual classrooms.

"One of the big changes is the third grade portable, and of course we've had to rearrange just here on the campus a little bit," said Reneau. "Our P.E. is going to be outside more because we don't have our gym. So, they're having to adapt to not having their gym as well."

Workers are hard at work making sure the building is ready for the first day of school.

"This building has four classrooms on the front side, two on each side, restrooms and water fountains in the center, and then there's four more classrooms on the end of the hallway," said Reneau.

Progress has been made tearing down the damaged part of the elementary school. On August 7, during a special meeting the Hamshire-Fannett ISD Board of Trustees approved calling for a bond election, to be held November 4th for a new elementary school.

Moving forward from the fire and getting third graders like Gabriel into new classrooms.

"Because I get to learn and start getting educated now," said Gabriel.

"Education is extremely important," said Gabriel's mom, Christina Morrow, "and I know the community has come together to provide these children with the best that they can.
After March fire, HFISD Elementary ready for new school year

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