WEST (CBSDFW.COM) – It is far from an ideal situation, but West ISD Superintendent Marty Crawford said the district will be ready for students come the first day of classes on August 26th.
“That’s going to be a huge victory for West ISD,” he said.
April’s fertilizer explosion heavily damaged three of the district’s four campuses.
Using insurance money as well as FEMA emergency relief funds, West ISD is rapidly putting together a temporary campus at the site of old middle school.
The middle school and the high school will share the campus that will be made up of 25 temporary facilities.
Crawford said it was important to the community to keep the students in town.
“Our kids are West Trojans and they live here,” he explained. “Busing them somewhere else or going somewhere else with people they didn’t know. I think that would be more of a disruption to their academics career than having to go to school in temporary facilities.”
Along with replacing classrooms, the district is making repairs to the middle school’s gym as well as the district’s football stadium.
The night of the blast the high school stadium was used as a make-shift triage center. Several school officials worried some of the potential hazardous medical supplies used that night were left on the field so the school district is replacing the sod.
“It was very important to us that we got that football field reloaded so we had a community gathering place for Friday night football,” said Crawford.
Shelby Harralson, a senior at West High School, said with the new facilities, it will be like she’s a freshman all over again – not knowing where to go and not knowing what to fully expect.
“It’s going to be different but we are going to be together so that’s a plus,” she said.
Classmate Jackson Kucera said what he wants out of his senior year more than anything else is for it to be normal – or at least as normal as it can be.
He said, “We don’t want to be remembered just for the explosion.”
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