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
So very thankful for such an amazing school!! We have the very best administration and teachers!! Everyone is back to school today!! Let's come together and give these teachers a huge check this Friday!! If you see a teacher this week, hug their neck and tell them how much you appreciate them! They spend so much time and energy making our kids school day the very best it can be! They love what they do and they pour that love into our kids!!! Let's love on them!!!! Thanks so much to all who have donated so far!!! I know for sure it is so appreciated!!!
Thank you all so very much for all your donations to our amazing school! Our teachers are absolutely amazing! So thankful that my girls are attending school here! The teachers and staff always go above and beyond to make sure that our kids have what they need and they create an amazing learning environment. Please donate what you can so that our teachers can replace some of the items in their classrooms that have purchased with their own money!!!
Wednesday morning we found out our school was not watertight. Mrs. Eubanks added a few tears to the hallways. Carpets were removed and LOTS of fans were brought in to dry out the hallways to prepare for the kids to come back on Monday!
Update from administration:
Mr. Price and I have spent much of today with district personnel and restoration contractors. We are on track for students to return to school Monday morning. Again I want to thank you for your numerous offers of support and help. However, the building has been full of restoration contract personnel busy extracting water, pulling carpet, drying ,sanitizing, and cleaning the classrooms. Most of the carpet in our building will be pulled, and we will be conducting school on clean, dry and sanitized concrete floors. Our teachers have already been making plans for some creative opportunities on those floors. You can certainly expect to hear from your child's teacher soon regarding assistance that they might need. Classes initially scheduled to complete DEA assessments Monday will be rescheduled. WE are looking forward to a NEW NORMAL AT WNP. It is great to be a star. . .
The devastating storms that hit the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30, 2014, have greatly impacted our school. West Navarre Primary was the hardest hit school in our District.
We are asking the community and our family and friends to come together to help our teachers be able to replace some of the items in their classrooms that spent their own money on. Our teachers work hard to create an amazing and fun learning environment for each of our kids! They have put things in their classrooms like carpets, games, books, learning tools, just about anything that might make learning more fun and exciting! We are trying to raise about 500 for each classroom. What money that does get donated we will disperse to the teachers evenly.
Every dollar helps! No donation is too small!!! Let's show how proud we are to be a West Navarre Star!