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MORGAN MANNS / the Review Times
Mallory Hefner, science teacher at Fostoria Junior/Senior High School, teaches in her classroom in the building for the second time in 2018. Staff and students were displaced from their educational environment after a small fire temporarily closed the building at the beginning of the year. After nearly a month of cleanup, students and staff were able to return to the school Monday, attempting to pick up where they left off Jan. 8. The blaze that closed the junior/senior high school building was reported at 5:09 a.m. Jan. 9 and was found in the boiler room. The fire was extinguished in less than 10 minutes; however, it caused a power outage, which affected the phone and internet systems district-wide. Fostoria City Schools closed all of its buildings that day but electricity was restored and the elementary students were able to return to school Jan. 10. Smoke that traveled through the ductwork at the junior/senior high school caused the building to temporarily close. Students and staff resumed instructions on Jan. 17 with grades 7 and 8 being housed at St. Wendelin Catholic School and grades 9-12 being housed at the Fostoria Learning Center. While students were back in an educational environment, their schedules and teachers were not the same as when they came back from holiday break, as space was limited. Students and staff returned to their typical schedules in their typical classrooms at the junior/senior high school Monday. In a letter to students and families, Principal Drew Bauman wrote, “While the last three weeks have not been without their challenges, there have been many positive experiences gained and lots of lasting memories made. This was only possible because of the cooperation from our students and staff, and the support of families, community members and local businesses and organizations.”

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