, Port Arthur, Texas

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March 25, 2014

H-FISD to divvy up students

HAMSHIRE — Susan LeBlanc is ready to get back to work.

The Hamshire-Fannett Independent School District pre-kindergarten teacher, who has been an educator for 36 years, was displaced from her classroom after fire heavily damaged the elementary school.

H-FISD school board and superintendent held a community meeting on Tuesday to give a progress report and timeline for when students and staff will return to the classroom.

LeBlanc learned that school would resume on Thursday for pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, second grade and Life Skills students. Third grade students will return to class at regular time on Friday.

“It’s been hard,” LeBlanc said. “I just told them on Monday that I’m retiring in June. Then on Tuesday the school burned.”

Glenda Cockrum, another H-FISD teacher, said classrooms were totally destroyed.

“This will be a new normal,” Cockrum said.

Superintendent Pamela Morris addressed the crowded high school gymnasium.

“I want to calm everyone’s fears and concerns,” Morris said, adding she is also the parent of a third grader.

Environmental and air quality tests have been performed and everything came out “clear.”  The cafeteria and kitchen areas were also checked out by a health department inspector and were deemed safe.

There will be some changes in the immediate future.

• Primary, second grade, portables and cafeteria buildings will be used as normal

• Pre-K students will be relocated to early childhood classroom in second grade hall

• Kindergarten and first grade students, regular classrooms in primary building

• Second grade students, regular classrooms in second grade hall; Life Skills students to be relocated to high school

• Third grade students, moving into classrooms at HF Middle School

• Office staff and principal,, portable building outside cafeteria/former music room. The new number is 794-1572

• Lunch; elementary cafeteria

The Texas Education Agency requires the district to make-up a day of school that was missed due to the fire. The make-up day will be Friday, June 6, Morris said.

“The district is seeking a waiver from TEA so that the elementary students will not have to make-up the additional days that were missed after March 18,” she said.

Parents of third grade students are invited to attend a 6 p.m. open house at the middle school on Thursday, March 27 due to students being relocated to the middle school campus.


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