The repairs to Andrew Jackson Middle school have been more extensive than initially estimated. The original estimate was approximately 1 million dollars. The repairs now are estimated to be near 3 million dollars. The extra costs related to damages that were unseen until clean up began. The duct work in the offices was damaged by the high temperatures created by the fire and had to be replaced. The doors to the cafeteria had to be replaced and required special ordering. The school is anticipated to reopen on April 16th. This will be the Monday after spring break.
The cleaning of the school and classrooms is almost complete. The classrooms are being returned to the way they were before the fire. Some areas have been painted, and others will be repainted at a later date.
Lancaster CountySchool District Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said “I ‘m so proud of parents, student, staff, community and emergency responders for all they’ve done to take bad luck and turn it into a testimony for how committed we are to working together to respond to this challenge”
The school district has made it a priority to make sure school properties are well insured, and this has proved to be beneficial, as the cost of the AJMS repairs will be covered by insurance.
As far as missed days, state law requires that those days be made up. The law allows for up to 3 days to be waived. The School Board is in favor of waiving the days. The decision will depend on any future weather-related missed days.
Information from a release from LCSD release.