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Classrooms moved following devastating fire

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 8/01 9:49 am
NEW HOULKA, Miss. (WTVA)-- Teachers and administrators are getting ready for the first day of school at the Houlka Attendance Center as firefighters continue pouring water on the smoldering ashes of Wednesday's fire.

Assistant Principal Emily Snellings even brought her husband to help out with the heavy lifting.

"We're working on moving classrooms so that we have room for all our kids. And, we're just working hard trying to get everything for them Wednesday," she said.

"Our plans right now are to go on just like it didn't happen," said Principal William Cotton.

Cotton says the district will host an Open House at the Houlka Attendance Center Friday evening.

He says the district will make up for the lost building by moving those classes into the G building on the south side of the campus. The G building classes are being transferred to the H building.

"It'll be a little different. We've had to relocate our fifth and sixth grade building. And, we're going to have to float a few teachers in the junior high from classroom to classroom, but that will be minimal," Cotton continued.

Cotton says that the quick move has caused a lot of stress for everyone especially those teachers who would normally have their classrooms set up and ready for children by now.

But, he's hearing no complaints.

Principal Cotton adds that visitors to the upcoming open house will not be allowed to get inside of the taped off area of the school which caught fire.

"They're doing what they've got to do and that's what we do over here. We just do what we've got to do and we've got some good people to do it," said Cotton. 

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