Indio High School's Flood Repairs are in a Race for First Day of School
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CREATED Aug. 30, 2013
INDIO - The flood cleanup continues for Indio High School that was heavily damaged by the storms last week. It was one of the schools hardest hit.
"It backed up a lot more than we had anticipated and caused a lot more damage. I mean 27 classrooms, administration building, in fact, I have no office right now," said the principal, Rudy Ramirez.
The staff has been working out of a classroom, trying to get ready for the first day of classes next Tuesday, September 3. The administration building and damaged rooms are off-limits to everyone until they get rid of the moldy smell produced by the wet carpeting.
For the staff, the students' safety is a priority, so they have dehumidifiers and other machines inside the classrooms to help restore them.
"What the district is going to do is do an air-test on Sunday. The company that does the air test will be open on Monday, even though it's a holiday, to get the air resolved. If it's what we think is going to happen, then we'll be ready to go on Tuesday," explained Mr. Ramirez.
He added that they're building a drainage ditch in front of the school, on the side closest to Highway 111 and across from Carl's Jr, to prevent future flooding of this magnitude. During all this construction and clean-up, students were at the high school on Friday checking out their textbooks and receiving their new class schedules.
Mr. Ramirez and his staff remain optimistic that the classrooms will be ready to go for the beginning of classes. They will begin at 8:30 a.m., an hour later than scheduled.
"I think they'll be ready. On Tuesday morning about 3 or 4 in the morning, we'll have movers here putting the rooms back together. Teachers have the oppportunity to come in early and do some work," said Mr. Ramirez.