5:25pm

Mon March 12, 2012
The Commonwealth

Classes Resume in Damaged Districts

As Kentucky school district’s that have cancelled classes due to storm damage expect to begin classes this week, some districts are forced to become creative to provide space where students can learn. Four eastern and northern districts have been out of class for a week. Meniffe and Wolfe County schools are now back in session. In Magoffin County Schools, a middle and high school will merge and four of their five schools will resume classes in a week.

Morgan County’s West Liberty Elementary School was destroyed, but the district already contracted to rebuild that school prior to the storm, said superintendent Deatrah Barnett. The elementary students will now use an old factory for class beginning next week, she said.

“We’ve had health inspections, it is built to KDE (Kentucky Department of Education) specifications for sizes. Everything is moving and it’s moving appropriately,” she said.

Morgan County is letting the school district use the factory that will house not only the elementary school but also the district’s central office, said Barnett.

The new school which had previously been contracted is expected to be ready in around 18 months, she said. As classes are expected to resume for all grade levels in Morgan County next week, the district is taking this week to counsel teachers before classes resume, said Barnett.

Beginning this Thursday Morgan County Schools has scheduled spring break and the extra time can be used for teachers to prepare for when students return to school, she said.

All students in the four counties are expected to be back in school next week.