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Note: The following story came by an article-link from the good folks at Edutopia.


Appreciate seeing Ron Bogle and the American Architectural Foundation (co-supporters of the “Great Schools By Design” summit that took place last fall) in the center of this critically important and still-unfolding story down in the Gulf States. No way to predict where things will go for these communities and their schools, but seems that any progress at this point is good progress:

From “Design Experts Share Ideas On Rebuilding Destroyed Schools”, WLOX-Channel 13, Biloxi - Gulfport - Pascagoula:

Each peek inside the broken walls and each walk or drive around debris-filled campuses Monday, gave a group of visitors a snapshot of the destructive force of Hurricane Katrina.

“This is a probably an early 60s building, you think,” asked one man as he looked around the ruins of St. Martin Middle School.

“It got nine feet of water. A lot of the walls are out,” a tour guide said as she pointed to a destroyed school in Bay St. Louis.

“It must be frustrating, because you’ve got six months now since the storm, and a number of the schools obviously have not been touched since the storm. And they’re full of debris and exposed to the weather. It’s really heartbreaking,” said Ronald Bogle.

Bogle heads a team of advisors with the American Architectural Foundation. Members are touring devastated schools in South Mississippi and offering expert advice on how to plan, design, and build new, better schools.

… (cont) …

School leaders say hearing from the pros gives them a clearer vision of how to build schools that will make future generations proud.

Hamilton said, “It’s going to be their future. We’ll be gone, but they will be here. Hopefully, they’ll be wanting to bring their children back.”

After the tour, the team sat down with school and community leaders to discuss issues like finding the best location for schools, the role superintendents play in the rebuilding effort, and how to get the community involved. The “School Design Institute” ends Tuesday afternoon.

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