Argonia schools finally ready to start school year

ARGONIA, Kansas – They’re getting a late start due to the weather, but the Argonia Elementary and High School will start the school year after Labor Day.

Teachers, students and volunteers spent Friday much like they have spent the last two weeks: working around the clock to get their classrooms ready for Argonia’s kids by Tuesday.

“There’s no way we could do this without everyone’s help,” Julie Dolley, the elementary school principal and USD 359 superintendent said.

A severe storm on July 22 blew the roofs off both schools and caused significant damage to the structures.

“Every elementary classroom needed new insulation, new ceiling tiles, new tile floors and the walls needed to be repainted,” Dolley said.

The town responded, helping out every step of the way to make sure school could start by Tuesday. The original start date was August 22, but that was pushed back due to the extensive damage.

“Argonia’s a really good place, good community, good people,” David Gaddie, Argonia’s school board president, said. “They’re just ready to get things back to normal and get things going again.”

Some of the classrooms that suffered water damage will not be used when school starts on Tuesday since those are still being fixed. Those should be ready in the next few weeks, Dolley said.

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