About 100 students were on campus picking up their schedules at 2: 30 p. m. when the fire department was called to the scene, said Cabot Superintendent Frank Holman.
Preliminary reports indicated the fire might have been started by an electrical short, Holman
The 9-year-old building is one of Cabot's
two junior high schools, housing 1, 250 students in the seventh, eighth and ninth grades, he
School was to start Aug. 21, but now, with the building destroyed, the district will have to find alternative locations for students, he
"We are all just shocked," Holman
said."It is unbelievable for this to happen." Holman
plans to meet with the staff as early as today to begin preparations for the coming school year.
The district just completed work on a new high school that is to open Aug. 21.Several buildings were torn down at the old campus to make way for the new buildings, but there may be some additional space available to house the displaced students, Holman
"Once we have a preliminary plan, we will start informing our parents and students," Holman