Preble Staff Gets Look at Damage - WBAY

Preble Staff Gets Look at Damage

 As football practice was held outside Preble High School Wednesday, restoration crews got some company inside the school today.

Some teachers and staff were allowed inside the building for the first time since Friday's fire.

Teachers told Action 2 News they were anxious to get into the school. Some of teachers were able to enter the building Wednesday and see how badly their working space was damaged.

The fire, which started when some rags soaked with wood finishing chemicals were not properly disposed of, was in the gym. Smoke spread throughout the building, causing damage to the entire school, but teachers said the damage wasn't as bad as they were expecting.

"I expected it to be more soot stained, or more visible, obviously visible," said Deb Gonyo, Preble High School Secretary. "I couldn't see that so much where we were."

Green Bay Area Public School District wouldn't comment, but Preble High School staff said they think the damage will cause a big impact for the beginning of the school year.

"Basically nothing we can take out. It all has to either be wiped down or tossed and discarded," said Gonyo. "Things that you always knew were in place are not really going to be in place because things have been discarded and you'll have to start over in some respects."

However, they said they think it looks like progress is being made.

"There's a lot of cleanup that's gone on," Gonyo said. "They've got some machines sucking out the air, filtering it, so it wasn't like there was an overpowering smell."

Classes will not begin at Preble on September 2, as originally planned. More information is expected Thursday, when members of the media are invited to tour the school.
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