CENTERVILLE — Cleaning crews arrived on the scene at Centerville High School on Friday, and will continue to be on the scene through the weekend to clean the high school after Thursday's fire, according to a letter from Centerville Schools Superintendent Tony Ryan posted on the school district's website and submitted to the Daily Iowegian.
Students of the high school will be allowed into the building to retrieve their items starting at 11 a.m. Friday. Students should check in at the main office and will be escorted through the building to retrieve their items.
The full text of Ryan's letter is below:
Dear Centerville Community School Patrons:
This letter is to inform the public about the fire at the Centerville High School on Thursday, January 9, 2014.
The top priority of the Centerville Community School District is the safety and well-being of Centerville students and staff. At approximately 12:15 p.m. on January 9th a fire occurred in the teachers’ lounge on the main floor in the high school. The room had flames and smoke. The fire alarms sounded and an evacuation took place.
Students and staff promptly evacuated the building and fire officials responded to the high school. The high school students were escorted to the YMCA across the street from the high school. Because of the intensity of the fire, students and staff were not allowed back in to the building. An early dismissal for the district was carried out at 1:15p.m. Factors in this decision included; time of day, school district transportation procedures, and the need for consistency for the parents of the entire district.
The high school main floor has some extensive damage due to the fire. Smoke damage has also occurred on all levels of the building to some extent. After an investigation of origin took place, school officials met with professional cleaners to assess the damage. At this time, professional cleaners will work during the weekend to address the needs of the school building.
Having a safe and clean environment for the Centerville students and staff is very important. The district is committed to having a prompt and thorough cleaning of the damage caused to the school building.
There are student book bags throughout the school building. It is encouraged that high school students pick up their book bags from the school on Friday. Students may pick up their book bags on Friday after 11:00a.m. They must check in to the high school office and will be escorted to the proper areas where their book bag was left. We ask that all students stay out of the restricted areas.
The administrators and myself commend the staff and students for the excellent job in how they handled all matters related to this incident. We, also, extend a special thank you to our local fire department, police department, and EMS personnel for their quick and reliable response to our needs at Centerville High School.
Yours in Education,
Anthony P. Ryan
Superintendent of Schools