Students return to LaMoure for their classesLaMoure students are back in their classrooms this week after a fire two months ago forced them to attend classes at a former schoolhouse 11 miles away.
LaMoure students are back in their classrooms this week after a fire two months ago forced them to attend classes at a former schoolhouse 11 miles away.
About 140 students in grades 7-12 at LaMoure Public School attended classes at the former school in Verona, N.D., after a fire started in LaMoure’s family and consumer sciences classroom Feb. 11. The students returned to class at LaMoure Public School Friday afternoon.
The fire started because of a short in one of the classroom’s refrigerators, said Superintendent Mitch Carlson. Family and consumer sciences is similar to home economics. Those classrooms typically include ovens, refrigerators and other appliances.
Classes continued, for the most part, as usual, said Joel Bickford, high school principal.
“We’re just thankful that we had the school of Verona available,” he said.
The former Verona school, now the Bear Creek Inn, offered space for all classes, including family and consumer sciences.
The new school was not without adjustments, however.
Buses transported the students 11 miles to Verona, a change for some students who live within walking distance of La-Moure Public School. And the school didn’t have bells, lockers, a library or an intercom system, but it did have couches in the hallways, Bickford said, something students enjoyed.
Students missed two days of class because of the fire and made them up like any other snow day. All events and games continued as scheduled, including a girls basketball game using Verona’s facilities, Bickford said.
“We loved Verona. Our students really liked Verona,” he said.
Crews have completed most of the repairs at classrooms in LaMoure. Other “odds and ends” remain including two science labs, the family and consumer sciences room and renovations to the roof. Crews will finish those over the summer, Bickford said.
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