CUMBERLAND – Students at East Webster will start the school year on the campus of Wood Junior College with plans to move them into their new high school in September.
The East Webster High School was destroyed by a tornado in April 2011 and moved classes to Wood Junior College six days later. The district has been working to get the school rebuilt and ready for classes this fall.
“I don’t have a firm date of when we will get in that school,” said Superintendent Jack Treloar. “I assure you no one wants to get in that facility any quicker than I do.”
Treloar said contractors have a punch-list of items that must be completed before the facility can be occupied by the district.
“We are down to the finish work and details,” said Treloar. “There are also safety concerns that keep us from getting in the facility.”
Treloar said students will attend classes at Wood until the new high school is ready.
“We will have the first day of school just like we did last year,” said Treloar. “Teachers are ready, classes are ready and we will be ready there on the first day of school.”
Treloar said one plan has the district occupying the new high school over the Labor Day Weekend.
“If it happens the way I want it to, we would get several large trucks and move individual classrooms – books, desks, everything in the room – one at a time from Wood to the new school,” said Treloar. “Again we all want to be in the new building as soon as possible.”
The new 58,000-square-foot high school was rebuilt on the old school site for an estimated $2.5 million. The new facility will feature state of the art computer wiring, energy efficient heating, cooling and lighting and updates classrooms, offices and facilities.
East Webster was rated a high-performing school based on 2011-12 state test scores. Those test scores ranked the school 32nd out of Mississippi’s 242 high schools.
The district graduated 57 students last spring.