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West ISD hopes to have phase one complete by August

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Three weeks ago the town of West was rocked by a deadly explosion. More than a hundred homes were demolished, and two of the town's three schools will need to be rebuilt.

West ISD's board of trustees scrambled to get kids back in classrooms, and updated parents on Wednesday night on plans for next fall.

Hundred of students were displaced from the district's three campuses after that blast, but the good news is, all activities, such as graduation ceremonies will remain on schedule. 

At this point, the insurance companies and engineers are finalizing surveys of the high school, middle school and intermediate school campus. There's around 100 million dollars in damage on all three sites.

The intermediate school and high school had serious damage and will have to be rebuilt. Some parts of the middle school need repairs, but that campus may be salvaged. 

Phase one of the schools districts plan is to have kids back in West by August. 

"I'd like to get phase one complete. We need to be in West ISD with our kids in West this coming August, and certainly there are a lot of folks that are anxious about that," said West ISD superintendent Marty Crawford. "We are going to get them here and we want to make sure we have a great upcoming school year in 2013-2014."

Crawford did say at the meeting that all the students and staff adjusted well to shifting to a building in Connally ISD and the school year will be completed successfully.

Around $91,000 dollars have been donated to the school district as well as $13,000 in gift cards. What that will be used for will be determined at a later date. 

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