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Classes on for Montessori

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State OKs alternate location while school rebuilds following fire

By Carol A. Clark

Students displaced from Quemazon Montessori School after a minivan crashed into the building and burst into flames Thursday have a place to go Monday.

The state granted approval to owner Tammy Tucker to transfer her students to First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive beginning Monday.

The timing is fortunate because classes were suspended this week for spring break.

“The state came yesterday and told us we could move over the church… The fire department also gave us the go ahead,” Tucker said during an interview this morning. “Everyone in the county we call for help comes immediately to help us get up and running and we can’t thank them enough.”

The insurance company is conducting a detailed survey of the fire damage to the building, she said, adding that it will take some time before she finds out the extent of the damage.

The second building on the property was untouched by the fire.

“Infants and toddlers can return to that building Monday,” Tucker said. “All the students who attended the burned building will attend classes at the Baptist Church until we repair that building.”

Tucker and her staff are starting what she called the recovery process to determine which teaching materials are salvageable. Any that aren’t will be replaced, she said.

The school now has a Web site, which goes live this afternoon to keep parents informed of new developments during the rebuilding process. The Web site address is www.qschoolinfo.com.

Parents also can call the school at 662-3000, Tucker said adding that this phone number will be temporarily transferred to the church.