Start Of School Delayed In Argonia Because Of Storm Damage

By: KAKE Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
By: KAKE Posted By: Stephanie Schultz

ARGONIA, Kan. (WIBW) - District leaders have pushed back the start of school in Argonia as cleanup continues from recent storms.

The roofs of the grade school and high school were damaged in a storm two weeks ago. Water seeped into offices and classrooms leaving behind a mess.

Insurance has estimated the damage at about $886,000.

As it has continued to rain, temporary roofs haven't held up. That means each new storm has restoration crews scrambling to start the drying process all over again.

"I would like it to stop raining for a couple weeks so we could have our roof put on," Superintendent Julie Dolley said. "Then, (the rain) would be fine.

Because of the original damage and continued rain delays, school will start September 3rd instead of August 22nd.

"We'll be ready, just a little bit later than we planned," Dolley said.

To get ready, they have a professional company performing the restoration.

Above the hallways of the grade school, giant tubes deliver hot air into classrooms. On the ground, smaller blowers run at full-bore. Books and other classroom items are covered in plastic. School leaders have moved new supplies into the cafeteria and have put computers in the gymnasium.

The high school is in much better shape. Dolley says the classrooms and offices have all been put back together. But the gymnasium floor still needs to be replaced.

"There are still a few inconveniences but it is better," Dolley said.

Even though school will start two weeks behind schedule, Dolley says right now it looks like it will end just a day late. She says they have eliminated some in-service days and will utilize five "snow days."

But, of course, that depends on what follows this rainy summer.

"Who knows what the winter will bring?" Dolley said.

For now, they're main focus is getting the new roof in place at the grade school. Thursday brought good news: the materials had arrived.

"We want to see our kids back," Dolley said. "So, we'll be ready."

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