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Bay area school reopens classrooms after November fire

10:59 PM, Jan 3, 2010   |    comments
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Seffner, FL - The doors of McDonald Elementary School will reopen after a fire shut down more than a dozen classrooms.

On Monday morning, the school will welcome back normalcy for nearly 200 kindergartners.

Since flames tore through the back of the school on November 14th, students have been learning in makeshift classrooms on the other side of the school.

Back then, we connected with teachers who were scrambling to salvage their stuff. Teacher Sue Senhauser told us, "I just didn't expect how much I assume is going to have to be thrown away or replaced, so it was very sad."

We did a walk-through of the damage that day and found the entire kindergarten section covered in soot. On Sunday, less then two months later, everything is soot-free because the fire restoration company wiped down every single item down to the last page of text book.

While the fire affected the entire kindergarten area, the back classrooms took the brunt of the damage because that is where the fire started. Now, everything is brand new from the floors to the ceiling.

With their newly-cleaned materials, teachers took the holiday break to set up their classrooms. So, when the first bell rings on Monday, students will truly see a transformation.

Many materials were not salvageable but the district says teachers and students from other Hillsborough County schools chipped in to raise money and provide supplies.

Erica Pitzi, 10 Connects Reporter

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