Students returned to school in Hoven Tuesday and many of them were getting used to a temporary facility.
A Memorial Day weekend fire destroyed the town's high school. Contractors and volunteers worked through the summer to convert an old hospital into a temporary school that will likely be used for two years.
Fifty-seven middle and high school students are using the facility. Hoven Superintendent Pat Jones says it's about 99 percent complete with a couple minor details left.
Some of the kids walking the halls of the make-shift high school remember walking its halls as a hospital. Still, it already has what junior Autumn Simon calls a "schooly feel."
"I think it should be good if everybody just gives it time to adjust and everything," Simon said.
From construction work to new equipment and technology, the district spent about $35,000 to prepare the building for the next couple school years.
"We're ready for kids, all the rooms are ready and it's very, very exciting to be open for business," Jones said.
About half the money spent on the temporary building was on items that can transfer to the new school once it’s built. The $35,000 price tag would have been higher if it hadn't been for volunteers and donations.
"The crew that did the fixing of the building did a spectacular job. They had almost all of it set up for me so I was really thankful," business and technology teacher Dwayne Cole said.
It's been three months since Hoven lost its school building to a fire. The school board decided quickly to set up a temporary facility and rebuild. The adjustment to the temporary school doesn't seem to be taking much longer.
"I think if everyone just keeps a positive attitude toward everything, I think we should have a good year," Simon said.
With the temporary facility ready, Jones expects the school board to start discussing plans to rebuild at its September board meeting.