West Navarre Primary: 'It's a huge loss, but it was better than I expected'
KATIE TAMMEN / Daily News
By KATIE TAMMEN / Daily News
Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 at 14:49 PM.
NAVARRE "” A steady stream of parents and district employees were in and out of West Navarre Primary as the school reopened its doors for the first time since it was flooded in last week's storms.
Only 11 classrooms, the front office area, the media center, the cafeteria and the kitchen escaped water damage. The rest of the school had between 1 and 2 inches of standing water in it.
"It's a huge loss, but it was better than I expected," said Principal Sandi Eubanks as she stood in front of the exposed concrete floor in the main hallway. "It's still a mess."
Piles of carpet and classroom supplies, double the height of the school's oldest students, sat outside the school Monday waiting to be trashed.
The school had to remove 98,400 square feet worth of carpet, according to Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick.
The replacement flooring costs will top $250,000.
"I was here Saturday and I was so scared, I said, "˜OK. I want a noon report, I want a 2 o'clock report, I want a 5 o'clock report.' " Wyrosdick said Monday morning as he oversaw the delivery of donated carpet squares to one of the hardest hit schools in Santa Rosa County.
An installation date wasn't clear Monday.
In addition to the flooring, the students will need to avoid the school's playgrounds until the sand can be replaced. Every school south of Interstate 10 will have its white sand replaced as a precaution, Wyrosdick said.
That will costs about $5,000.
The district is looking at a total cost of about $700,000 for repairs to all its properties.
Teachers were only allowed back into the K-2 school Sunday evening, so many were still putting their classrooms back together Monday morning.
All the first-grade classrooms were damaged and all but three of the kindergarten classes had issues, Eubanks said.
Only half of the 16 second-grade classrooms were damaged.
The cafeteria, media center and art classroom all had multiple classes in them so that teachers could reorganize classrooms with help from parents.
Eubanks said they're managing with the odd set of circumstances.
People from all over the community are offering their time or supplies to help the school resume normal operations as soon as possible.
"We are resilient," Eubanks said.
Want to help? An account has been set up to help teachers repurchase classroom items destroyed by water at www.gofundme.com/8tfigg