Jefferson County elementary students miss school due to fire

Jefferson County Elementary School fire
Posted at 8:24 PM, Jan 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-23 16:57:56-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--A fire breaking out at a school is something, Al Cooksey Jefferson county's new school superintendent didn't think he'd see.

"Its looks like we'll probably have to condemn that building and maybe replace it," said Cooksey.

Five classrooms were severely burned, including desks, chairs, and even the roof.

Gwen Coverson, the principal of the elementary school, just shocked.

"Had no idea I would wake up to such a dramatic situation," said Coverson.

Coverson describes the scene of the fire as a mess.

Some of the things taken from inside of the classrooms like old report cards, notebooks, and even the file cabinets are all covered in ashes.

Fire marshals estimate the damages at $1-million dollars. But school officials say its not the repairs they're worried about, its the damage of losing a day of school.

"Jefferson county is not a failing area its a successful area and we want to make our schools an a school not an F school," said Cooksey.

"Instructional time is really detrimental that's why we have very few field trips, very few activities," said Coverson.

The fire, they say is just a minor setback, but their planning to make a major come back.

"We'll continue to hopefully improve our grade and make sure we pass this year and have our best effort," said Cooksey.

Students will return to school tomorrow.