Flood damaged school prepares for first day back

By Alyssa Donovan

August 20, 2013 Updated Aug 20, 2013 at 7:45 PM CDT

MARSEILLES, Ill.--The April floods are a distant memory for some while others are still dealing with the aftermath.

Renovations are yet to begin on flood damaged classrooms and hallways at Marseilles Elementary school so other arrangements had to be made.

Kindergarten teacher Lori Williamson said, "After the flood it was almost like well now what. What are we going to do, where are the kids going to go."

Williamson says the administration really came through in getting ready for the first day of school, bringing in temporary modular units for those teachers who lost their classrooms.

The modules will serve as classrooms for pre-school and kindergarten students.

The teachers say the most important thing is that everyone is on the same campus.

Williamson said, "We're still here at Marseilles elementary where we need to be. I can still go into the building and talk to other teachers and things like that."

Superintendent JoEllen fuller says it was very important to have the cafeteria completed for the first day.

While the lunchroom area was completed just in time the kitchen is still in progress.

Fuller said, "We're going to be making our breakfasts and lunches down at the Catholic Church and it should be ready in about 2 or 3 weeks."

Williamson says many of the students are currently displaced because of the flood and families are just glad they can send their children to a place that is familiar.

Williamson said, "As a student I know it may be a big adjustment for them to be maybe living with an aunt or an uncle or a grandma and grandpa and to be displaced and to be trying to come to school so I'm trying to give them a place to be normal."

Fuller says now that students have classrooms the next project will be the gymnasium.

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