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Dexter Attendance Center starts classes, deals with burned building

WALTHALL COUNTY, MS (WDAM)  Tuesday morning was the second day of the new school year for Dexter Attendance Center. Besides an empty lot in the middle of campus, you wouldn't know the school has lost anything.

"The building that burned was actually the original Dexter school," said Walthall County Schools Superintendent Danny McCallum.

Which many in the community felt was a piece of their heart and soul.  McCallum says when the building went up in flames it was a sad day for everyone.

"It was quite a let down. It was like someone's home burning, said McCallum.

McCallum says because it was the oldest building on campus the clean up effort was a tough one.

"With the building containing asbestos that took a little bit longer to get crews in here. It has been a matter of using what we have to be ready for school to start. As you can see we got it cleaned up," said McCallum.

 McCallum said this summer's focus was all about getting the first day of school, and now that they have done that they can focus on rebuilding.

"So now we can start looking towards the future," said McCallum.

Even though there are no specifics on future plans, McCallum says they have room to accommodate the 241 students at the school.

Since the building that burned was built in the early 1900s, anything that could be salvaged is available to those who would like a piece of the school's history.

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