Latham Opens Doors to New School After Fire

6 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Sunday, August 26 2012 Aug 26, 2012 Sunday, August 26, 2012 10:24:00 AM CDT August 26, 2012 in News
By: Peter Terpstra
loading

LATHAM - Latham Elementary students waited more than 20 months for a new school building.

The wait is officially over.

District officials held a ribbon cutting Sunday, opening a new Latham Elementary for classes after a fire destroyed the old school building in December 2010. A neighbor woke up to find flames visible through the school's windows. The fire burned most of the old elementary school to the ground.

"At first it was disbelief. I was thinking is this for real because it was the wee hours in the morning," Rachel Swillum, third and fourth grade teacher, said.

Principal Tanya Brown heard fire trucks speeding through the town. She lived close enough to look out of her window and see the school engulfed in flames.

"Everyone was devastated. But there was never a question that we were going to rebuild. We knew we were going to rebuild." Brown said.

Since the fire, students studied in leased trailers on the school's property. The school recieved around $100,000 in donations as well as teaching materials, school supplies and computers. Most of the money for the new building came from insurance money.

Officials estimated the project cost around $1.3 million.The single-story new school building has indoor and outdoor cafeteria seating, gymnasium, classrooms, library and a computer lab.

Latham Elementary is the only school in the town of Latham. The school houses students through eight grade, then they move on to California, Tipton or Versailles for high school.

Faculty look to use the building all week preparing for the first day of classes on Sept. 4.

More News

Grid
List
BRANSON - One year ago Friday, 17 were killed when a duck boat sank during a thunderstorm on Table Rock... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 5:01:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors filed reckless homicide charges on Thursday against a Missouri semi driver for a highway construction zone... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 4:09:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The new AI face editing app FaceApp has become an instant hit with iPhone users. However, there are... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 3:45:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - An excessive heat warning is still in effect through Saturday and families should take precautions when playing on... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 1:55:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick announced Thursday the creation of a new program to help small businesses and farmers after... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 12:37:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The 35th anniversary of the annual Show-Me State Games kicks off Friday. Director, Dave Fox, said the... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 12:31:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats approved legislation Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 11:38:19 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Cooling centers are opening around Missouri as high temperatures and humidity create dangerous conditions. The... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 11:22:02 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - State Auditor Nicole Galloway released her audit of the Lieutenant Governor's office while now-Governor Mike Parson was... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 10:43:00 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Police Department is asking the public to help identify three individuals. Officers believe... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 10:15:00 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. (AP) — A 55-year-old man has been charged with shooting up a woman's car on a... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 9:57:41 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Going after four Democratic congresswomen one by one, a combative President Donald Trump turned his campaign... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 9:53:16 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
TOKYO (AP) — A man screaming "You die!" burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 9:43:00 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
ROCHEPORT - Concerned drivers will have an opportunity to learn more about the 2020 Missouri River Bridge repairs in meetings... More >>
4 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 3:21:00 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — An American Airlines flight landed safely Wednesday night shortly after pilots declared an emergency because of the smell... More >>
4 days ago Wednesday, July 17 2019 Jul 17, 2019 Wednesday, July 17, 2019 8:30:00 PM CDT July 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A group that calls themself "Save Historic Broadway" is coming together in order to put a stop to... More >>
4 days ago Wednesday, July 17 2019 Jul 17, 2019 Wednesday, July 17, 2019 7:56:00 PM CDT July 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The Gasconade County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post Tuesday night that it needs help finding its... More >>
4 days ago Wednesday, July 17 2019 Jul 17, 2019 Wednesday, July 17, 2019 7:12:00 PM CDT July 17, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY -- Businesses affected by April's severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding will have the opportunity to apply for loans.... More >>
4 days ago Wednesday, July 17 2019 Jul 17, 2019 Wednesday, July 17, 2019 6:27:00 PM CDT July 17, 2019 in Continuous News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 70°
9am 72°
10am 74°
11am 77°
12pm 79°