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January 13, 2014

UPDATED: High School postpones classes for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

PreK-8th grade will have classes as normal

CENTERVILLE — UPDATED, MONDAY: Classes at Centerville High School will be closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Preschool-8th grade students will be attending classes as originally scheduled. An announcement will be made Wednesday evening with updates on the high school.

ORIGINAL STORY: Centerville High School will remain closed until the building is ready for occupants, a press release from the Centerville Community School District superintendent Anthony Ryan says. However, students in preschool through eighth grade will be returning to school on Monday as regularly scheduled.

A fire that started by an electrical outlet on Thursday in the teacher’s lounge of the high school caused for an early dismissal on Thursday afternoon and a district-wide closure on Friday. Cleaning crews continued working in the building through the weekend, but the high school is not yet cleared for school to resume.

The press release states that any high school students taking college courses on the Indian Hills Community College campus will be expected to still attend those classes.

The district will, according to the release sent Sunday evening, begin planning on how they will be making up lost school for the high school grades in the near future.

“It is the philosophy of the Centerville School District that every day of school is important,” the release, which is signed by Ryan, said. “The planning for making up lost school days for ninth through 12th grades will occur in the near future. The specific details for making up school days will be announced when decisions are finalized.”

“The patience of parents, students and staff during this event is appreciated. We look forward to having our high school students return back to school at the earliest possible date,” the release continued.

The release advises that those with questions or concerns can call the Centerville Administration Office at (641) 856-0601.

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