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WHS tackles fire’s challenge

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DIANA BUCKLEY

Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE -- It will be business as usual for Waxahachie High School, in spite of the recent fire that damaged portions of the school's vocational wing and destroyed thousands of dollars worth of computer equipment.

'The teachers view it as a challenge,' said Candace Ahlfinger, Director of Public Relations for the Waxahachie Independent School District. 'They are excited about the new school year, and this is just one of the challenges to be met.'

Ahlfinger says portable classrooms are already in place and will house a variety of classes. Teachers will move from room to room more than usual, in order to utilize any classroom left vacant for a teacher's preparation period.

Computers lost in the fire have been replaced and will be completely installed in time for the opening of school on August 10. 'The computers will be in the building itself,' says Ahlfinger, citing ease of installation as the reason. 'Other classes have gone to the portables.'

Ahlfinger estimates that the career tech courses, such as auto body, auto tech, and cosmetology will be back in the building by August 24. 

Some delays in scheduling have been experienced by the school this year, but Ahlfinger says these are not related to the fire. 'Just plain scheduling difficulties,' she stated. 'New ways of doing things, new systems.' Schedules will be ready for students to pick up on the first day of school, and volunteers will be in place to streamline the process. Ahlfinger indicated the plan does not represent an extreme departure from the norm.

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