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Martin County students start school year in different school

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email
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Martin County students started the school year Monday. It was delayed when the school board voted to close Sheldon Clark High School.

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One by one they arrived starting a new school year in Martin County, but these high school students are now walking middle school halls after Sheldon Clark High School was closed because of safety concerns.

"I'm finally glad that we have our kids in school. It's been a long time waiting," said Martin County Superintendent Steven Meadows.

Officials say the move was not an easy one that actually delayed the first day by three weeks.

"Our teachers worked very hard. I left here a lot of nights around 10:30-11:00, and there would still be teachers here," said Sheldon Clark Principal Dr. Robbie Fletcher.

Officials say there is a facilities plan in place that outlines a lot of work to be done to make the middle school building conducive to high school students, but they say while it may be a tight fit right now everyone is in the classrooms and ready to get the school year started.

"We're so excited about our kids being in the building, and everybody got in safely this morning. The first bell has rung, and the kids are in the classrooms. That's what we're looking for," said Meadows.

They say getting started Monday morning was all thanks to a lot of patience and help from the community.

"I think all of our students are ready to get rolling. I saw a lot of tweets last night from seniors, 'Let's make it the best senior year ever.' I'm very proud of them. The class of 2014 will do a phenomenal job," said Dr. Fletcher.

Inez Middle School students combined with Warfield Middle School.

District officials say the Inez Middle School building is being used as a drop off hub for those students who can be taken by bus to Warfield.

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