Livonia, N.Y.—Teachers and students are preparing to go back to school, but many in Livonia face a tougher return to class than their peers.
In early July, a generator explosion resulted in a fire that destroyed an entire wing of the elementary school.
The fire started as the roof was being replaced and was an accident according to Superintendent Scott Bischoping.
As repairs continue, salvaged materials from the elementary school have been moved to the nearby Connell building.
“In essence, this is the way we had been prior to last year,” said Bischoping.
Fourth and fifth grade teachers have spent the past four weeks unloading books and supplies that were spared during the fire.
“It’s a lot of work, it’s a lot of hard work and it takes organization,” said Carolyn Buisman, a fourth grade teacher.
If construction continues to move swiftly, administrators expect to move students and teachers back into the elementary school by November.
Insurance is expected to cover the cost of replacing the damaged school wing according to Bischoping.