A look inside Booker T. Washington Magnet High School's temporary location

Updated: Aug. 23, 2018 at 10:05 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - We are now getting a first look inside a previously-closed Montgomery elementary school, soon be a new, temporary high school.

A huge fire forced the closure of Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery. Monday classes will resume for more than 400 BTWMHS students at what was once Old Hayneville Road Elementary.

To transform Hayneville road in to BTW Magnet High, it's been all hands on deck.

"This has been a monumental task. It will be ready by Monday morning," said Lee McKenzie, MPS Director of Maintenance.

Since Saturday, when the decision to relocate students to Hayneville Road, more than 70 staff members of MPS, community partners, and volunteers have been working each day.

"Just about 15 hours a day is what we have been putting in here," said McKenzie.

As of Thursday the crews had already gone through 150 gallons of paint to painting every square inch of the building. Work has also been done to accommodate each magnet program BTWMHS offers. What used to be a library has been turned into a dance studio.

"We are also doing work in the annex where we are going to be constructing a couple of band rooms and some additional classrooms," said Darold Boswell, MPS Director of Logistics.

The process of moving classroom furniture from BTW to Hayneville has started.

"Our teachers are doing an awesome job, just really doing an awesome job, of transitioning our students to get their classrooms in a place they need to be for creative learning and excellence," said Dr. Quesha Starks, BTWMHS Principal.

When students walk these halls and enter these classrooms many are confident they will continue to show this community what it means to be #BTWSTRONG.

"These teachers and students have something that was a tragedy that is now turned into something I think they can call a home for at least on a temporary basis," said Dr. Lesa Keith, MPS School Board Vice President.

Click here to learn how you can donate and volunteer to help support BTWMHS.

Counseling support is being offered to those in the BTW community. The Family Guidance Center is providing free counseling support for the faculty so they can be prepared when students return.

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