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WICHITA, Kansas – While thousands of kids all over Wichita had their first day of school Wednesday, the students of College Hill Elementary are getting a few extra days of vacation, as a temporary school is prepped for them.
“We would prefer to be at College Hill,” said Julie Hedrick, U.S.D. 259 Director of Facilities, “but we will set it up so that it is as functional as possible. We don’t want to hamper the educational process.”
Monday’s fire at College Hill Elementary prompted the district to move classes to Bryant Elementary, a school shuttered last year.
Work crews moved quickly to get it ready for a Monday start date.
They made sure all toilets and sinks are clean and working.
“We don’t have an exact time yet when teachers will be able to set up their rooms,” said Hedrick. “Tomorrow morning we’re going to start setting up classrooms so we’ll get that done quickly as possible.”
School officials say they chose Bryant since it is the closest school site that could house all the students and programs.