Parkview Still Recovering from Fire

Progress is being made at a Meridian school that was damaged by fire and vandalism in June.

Thousands of dollars worth of damage was done to Parkview Elementary School.

Three months after the June 12 fire, school officials were able to move into the new principal's office. But still everything is not back to normal.

"We still don't have laminators and teacher mailboxes and teacher supplies," said Parkview counselor Ellen Compton. " We're still replacing a lot. We still on days can smell the smoke coming through the duct work very lightly, but they did an excellent job and slowly it's going away."

The initial cost estimate for the damage was $50,000, but with the renovations now pretty much finished, school officials say the actual cost was at least triple that amount.

"With all of the smoke damage, not the fire as much as the smoke damage throughout the school, some of the things were not even able to be washed," Compton said.

Although students from within the district have been charged with starting the fire, Parkview officials say they feel assured that the arson was an isolated incident carried out by only a small group.

Three juveniles between the ages of eleven and thirteen faced charges in Lauderdale County Juvenile Court.


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