School is ready to re-open

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

The clean-up continues at McDowell Elementary School in Floyd County.

Water flooded the building early Wednesday, leaving behind several inches of mud.

Classes will resume soon thanks to some hard work.

The mud and water is gone from the inside of McDowell Elementary School.

Bleach, disinfectant, and wax now fill all the rooms. JERRI TURNER,

“What a difference a day makes. It's truly amazing what we have accomplished,” Principal Jerri Turner said.

Teachers, administrators, and dozens of community volunteers have cleaned every inch of the building several times to get it ready for students to return.

It's sad though because they will be coming back to some things that are lost,” Kristi Crum said.

They say some textbooks and other teaching supplies were destroyed and some furniture was also thrown out.

Administrators say the school board had enough extra supplies at other schools to replace the destroyed items.

Still teachers say some students lost personal items they loved.

“One of the parents, when they found out the school had flooded, her child was worried about her hair bow because she left it in her desk the evening before and she was crying. I hate it for the kids,” Crum said.

The Floyd County Health Department is keeping an eye on the school's clean-up.

Administrators say the school will be safe and healthy for students when they return.

Once clean-up is complete, teachers say classrooms will look new.
Teachers cannot wait to see the children again.

The Floyd County Health Department has given the OK and McDowell Elementary will re-open Friday at the regular time.

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