BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) – A fire has destroyed the kindergarten building at Batesville Elementary School.
Deputy Fire Chief Jackie Chapman says the fire was reported about 9:05 p.m. Friday and was extinguished after midnight. There were no injuries.
About 17 classrooms were destroyed.
Superintendent Tim Wilder says the cause of the fire has not been determined.
The South Panola School Board in a special meeting Saturday gave Wilder emergency authority to sign contracts for cleanup and repairs.
Wilder says the building might not ready for kindergarten students when school starts Aug. 6. He says space will be found elsewhere for classes.
School officials say the building is covered by insurance.
District financial director David Rubenstein says replacement of the building will cost between $3.5 million to $4 million.
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