Eunice Elementary

The Eunice Elementary classroom building damaged by an Aug. 14 fire is expected to reopen for the next school year. Students who attended classes in the building are now in temporary buildings on the campus. (Photo by Myra MIller)

Fire-damaged building at Eunice Elementary on target for opening next school year

The fire-damaged building at Eunice Elementary is on target to reopen next school year, Claudia Blanchard, school system director of operations said.
Blanchard updated Board members at a meeting Wednesday of the Buildings, Lands and Sites Committee.
Insurance is covering the cost incurred from an Aug. 14 fire.
“We are going to have to change out the flooring,” Blanchard said. The flooring change requires an asbestos abatement procedure, she said.
“Once that work is done there will be a little bit of cleanup,” she said.

Two of four portable buildings have been placed at Eunice Elementary following the Aug. 14 fire. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Temporary buildings arrive at Eunice Elementary

Two temporary buildings have arrived at Eunice Elementary and two others are on their way as the school recovers from an Aug. 14 fire that destroyed a classroom and damaged the rest of the building.
A Declaration of Extreme Public Emergency was approved by the St. Landry Parish School Board’s Buildings, Lands and Sites Committee. The declaration goes before the full Board on Sept. 6.
Superintendent Patrick Jenkins said the declaration is recommended by the School Board’s attorney to allow for flexibility in purchases.

Starr Clavier, left, and Fran Lemelle are with supplies donated to Eunice Elementary teachers and students after a fire on Aug. 14 that damaged 11 classrooms. Clavier is the school’s secretary and Lemelle is counselor. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Supplies requested at Eunice Elementary

Supplies are still needed at Eunice Elementary where a fire on Aug. 14 destroyed teacher and student supplies from pens, paper to tissue.
Mary Dupre, principal at Eunice Elementary, said, “This transition thus far has gone smoothly. Our teachers and students seemed to have adjusted, and thus far we have not encountered any problems.”
Dupre added that supplies and items are needed on campus. “Items destroyed and needed are document cameras, projectors and binders. I have also discovered from day- to-day things and items missing and are now needed.”

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