by Tim Dana – Staff Writer, Eastern Arizona Courier
Pima’s kindergarten will reopen after a flood in April caused by water lines breaking closed the building and forced the two kindergarten classes to use the Responsibility Center, which is located in the the doublewide trailer by the elementary school. Elementary Principal Lynne Jones said the school was completed Monday and will be ready for the first day of school, Aug. 14.
The school had to have some walls, floors and carpet replaced as well as mold reduced. The repair cost was $26,000 of which the school only had to pay a $1,000 insurance deductible.
"The mold tested out at an acceptable level," Superintendent Stan Smith said. He said the insurance replaced books and other supplies, too.
Jones said she expected around 50 students this year. She said this year’s students handled the building change well, but it is important that they are back in the kindergarten building. "They’ve handled it very well," Jones said . "They just do better when they have their own playground."