WICHITA, Kan. -- College Hill Elementary School is starting to look like an improved version of it's old self. On August 12th, 2013 a fire tore through the building, causing extensive damage, but today the school district gave a sneak peek of the renovations.
The fire damaged 22 of the 26 classrooms; fire damage, smoke damage and water damage took a toll on anything from the paint on the walls to the books.
Damage was so extensive that in order to fix up the school, many improvements had to be made. A new HVAC system - that is 25-30% more efficient than the old one - was running smoothly, keeping the building cool through the replaced duct work.
Principal Kathleen Patterson went along with the tour viewing the school. "It actually looks different than before the fire, it looks clean and fresh and new," she said, "and it is just beautiful."
The renovations were project to cost 5.75 million dollars, but school officials said that the project was under budget, no dollar figures were given. Renovations have not been completed, but the school is expected to be ready in a few weeks.
In an official kick-off, the school staff is planning a party on August 8th for students and the community to come and see the finished project.