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GW Carver Middle School in Waco, Texas., has been heavily damaged by fire. and will not be ready to open when classes resume next month.
Flames cut through much of the facility early Tuesday before the blaze could be extinguished, the government reports Waco Tribune Herald. No one was injured.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
Firefighters say the building, built in 1956, did not have a sprinkler system.
The fire forces students to move to Indian Spring Middle School when classes resume on August 23. Indian Spring is about two miles from Carver, according to a press release from the Waco neighborhood.
Indian Spring has the space to accommodate all students of the two schools. The Indian Spring has a capacity of over 900 students. Expected enrollment for the upcoming school year is 500 students and Carver’s expected enrollment is 460 students.
Waco’s school board is considering holding a $376 million bond election in November; it would include money to replace Carver Middle school. A new facility on the same campus would cost between $70 million and $80 million and would be large enough to accommodate students from Carver and Indian Spring.
Both Carver and Indian Springs serve students in sixth through eighth grades and are part of Transformation Waco, an in-district charter school program established in 2018.