The Webbers Falls School District has again postponed the start of school because work on rebuilding the campuses after May’s devastating flooding is taking longer than expected. The anticipated start of school now is Monday, Sept. 9.
Schools in Webbers Falls were expected to open Sept. 3, but in a statement to the public, officials said there are still several things that must be completed before students are allowed in. “We are sorry for the inconvenience,” the statement reads.
Webbers Falls Schools Superintendent Dixie Swearingen said, “We are ready to get into the classroom (and) teachers are ready for a normal routine.”
The extensive repair work included remodeling classrooms, hallways and bathrooms and more. “We still have costs that are coming in,” Swearingen said. She also said that all the school supplies are new, having been donated by people since the flood. “We have been blessed with so many donations from so many people,” she added.
The school now also boasts a new library complete with thousands of new books.
Webbers Falls is one of the last school districts in northeast Oklahoma to return to school. The normal start date is in early August.
“Our community needs this school. We are the center of this community," Swearingen said.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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