West, TX — The fertilizer blast in West on April 17 destroyed not only the intermediate school, but the high school as well which now sits vacant.
After the explosion, much of West’s older students were moved to make-shift classrooms at nearby Connally ISD.
Back in May, Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford said the district was adapting to the loss, but made it clear he had one goal for summer- to get every West student back in class in West for the upcoming semester.
“We’re going to get there but there is a lot of work to be done between now and then," said Crawford.
Aside from a few absences, Dr. Crawford and his district achieved their goal.
“We consider it a successful day," said Crawford. "Other than the new facilities, it looked no different than any other first day we’ve had here in West ISD.”
The facilities referred to are the two dozen or so temporary classrooms littered around the West Middle School.
A few of which are still rolling into town for installation.
“We have approximately 20-25 buildings that, once fully built, will be online here in a few weeks. This process started on August 7 so it's amazing we were able to start school only 19 days after that first building was set," said Crawford.
“It’s going to look like a normal school year here. We have extracurricular activities cranking up; Pep rallies and football games and volleyball games and band contests- they’re on the horizon. So that’s what the next couple of weeks and months are going to look like as a kid. They’re just going to roll right back into what’s normal and that’s going to school here in West."