PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A fire in the Paragould Junior High is causing some changes to the summer schedule.
The fire was contained to one classroom but caused smoke damage to the whole building.
Crews have been working the past three weeks to get the building ready for the first day of school on Aug. 15.
"The work is going very well; we have a lot of people in the building doing work especially wiring in order to get the building ready for the first day of school," Superintendent Debbie Smith said.
Smith said the entire ceiling and wiring is being replaced including wiring for Internet, intercoms, fire alarms, security and more.
Although crews are working every day to get the building done on time, a few summer plans have changed including the open house.
Smith said the open house would be moved until after school begins.
"We will reschedule open house at a later time, so we know the building is ready for parents and students," Smith said.
However, students will pick up schedules and first-day information, so they are not lost at the start of school.
"In order to have the seventh and eighth-grade students ready for that first day of school we do need to get those schedules to them, and we need to get some information to them pertaining to that first day," Smith said.
Junior high students with last names starting with A-L will pick up their schedules in the high school lobby on August 10 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and then those with last names beginning with M-Z will pick up in the same location from 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Smith said this new pick-up ensures students are prepared for their first day.
"We want the students to as comfortable as possible on that first day of school, and this will help ensure that they do feel a little bit more comfortable because they are not going in without a schedule," Smith said.
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