Fire at alternative middle school sends students to new location
By Christine McCarthy and Adam Shear
KILLEEN- Killeen ISD administrators have worked out a plan for all Gateway Middle School students to attend class on Monday following a fire at the offices on Saturday afternoon.
The alternative middle school building suffered too much damage to operate "for the foreseeable future," according to administrators.
All Gateway Middle School students will attend classes starting on Monday at the old KISD Career Center or Pathways complex at 3004 Atkinson Ave. in Killeen.
Gateway High School was not damaged by the fire and high school students will be able to return to class as usual. School officials started planning where they could move students when they realized how bad the fire damage was.
"We are very grateful for the patience from the parents and the community," said Leslie Gilmore, Killeen ISD.
Bus schedules for middle school students who ride the bus will be the same but with arrival at the Atkinson Ave. location.
Students who walk to school or rely on their parents to drop them off should continue to do so. They can walk or be dropped off at the front side of the Gateway High School located on Zephyr Rd. and buses will then bring them to the new location on Atkinson Ave. At the end of the school day, buses will then take them back to Gateway High School on Zephyr Rd.
Parents are also allowed to pick up and drop off students directly at the new location.
Breakfast and lunch services will remain the same.
Administration will make an automated call with the information above for all Gateway students.
Anyone with questions should call (254) 336-1690 beginning on Monday morning. The Gateway Middle School phone number remains the same.
No students or staff were injured during the incident.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.
Friday, May 24 2013 7:51 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:51:51 GMT
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