In less than two weeks classes will start in Hoven and the district's temporary high school is almost ready.
Its high school building burned over Memorial Day weekend and the community has been converting an old hospital into a school for now. Teachers and other staff members have already started moving into the temporary high school. The remaining work on the building won't take very long, according to superintendent Pat Jones.
"It's been a busy summer. We've been working hard to get the hospital building ready," Jones said.
The district updated the building's fire alarm system and added a phone and intercom system. It also needed to repair and replace some flooring and take out a partial wall.
Many volunteers and some hired contractors have done the work, Jones said. Only minor plumbing and other repairs are left. It'll be ready for the school year's start.
The building turned out to be a good fit for a temporary school. Being it was a hospital, it had space and equipment needed for a science room. It also had multiple rooms ranging in size that could be converted to fit the school's needs.
"It really became more and more conducive to meeting our needs the deeper we got into it and we're just so fortunate to have it," Jones said.
The building sits across the street from the elementary school and next to the Catholic church where students will eat lunch.
Vern Rausch of Hoven says it’s nice to see what was once a hospital used to this degree again.
"It's spruced up and it's really going to make the community proud to see this building used again to its fullest,” Rausch said. “It's bringing it alive again."
Jones expects the old hospital to serve as a temporary high school two years until construction on a new school is finished.
The district expects it'll pay about $30,000 once the conversion work to the hospital is complete but insurance covers those costs.
Other districts in the state also donated or loaned supplies and equipment.