Elementary students settled into high school building

The Meridian School District has come a long way since black mold shut down the elementary school in 2013, but they still have a long way to go.

The Mounds, Illinois school will eventually get a new wing on the high school to house the younger students.

Inside Hilary Crain’s first grade classroom that is being housed in Meridian High School it appears to be business as usual, but it took a lot of hard work to get there.

The mold forced the elementary school to be condemned so teachers, parents and even custodial workers worked all summer to prepare modular classrooms and make room inside the high school for the little ones.

Crain says six months into the school year, the hard work has paid off.

“We still go to the library and we still get all those fun activities that we did at the elementary,” said Crain.

Meridian Superintendent David Rademacher says the new set up is not without its hiccups.

“Working out schedules, we still run into some issues with that. Computer lab time and space, you know those are issues we have to work through still,” said Rademacher.

Now, third through fifth graders are in portables, and pre-k through second share a building with the “big kids”, but Crain says her students are comfortable sharing a campus.

“We actually try to use the high schoolers as an asset, bring them in and have them partner up,” said Crain.

Despite the bumpy start, Crain says her curriculum has not changed at all.

The superintendent tells us they are currently in the bidding process to get the best deal possible on the new addition to the high school where elementary students will attend.

The state is paying 75% of the cost.

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