Byng school weighs options after fire closes classrooms
BYNG, Okla., (KTEN) — Byng Junior High students are learning virtually after a fire damaged the building last week.
The Byng Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire, which — while it was contained to one classroom — resulted in smoke damage to the entire building.
Restoration efforts are underway, but administrators are unsure when students will be back in its classrooms.
“We know the best place for our students to learn is here on campus and in front of teachers,” said Byng Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Wilson. “That was our teachers' number one concern. It wasn’t the damage to the rooms or anything like that; it was our kids’ need to be back on campus.”
The district is looking for other available spaces for students to use while restoration continues at the junior high building.
“We have two other sites on campus, the high school and elementary," Wilson said. "We are going through and trying to find ways to rearrange kids or shuffle some classrooms and possibly get kids back on campus.”
Students in need of devices or other resources for virtual learning can contact Byng Public Schools.
Additionally, junior high teachers are on campus and available to meet with students if needed.