A fire damaged McLane Middle School in Brandon over the weekend affecting the 7th grade building. The fire marshal is currently investigating the cause, although lightning was in the area at the time of the fire.
"It is heartbreaking, but we are Viking Strong," said Principal Dina Langston.
Langston says she has been overwhelmed by the support by other schools, churches, and business owners offering donations and other help heading into the new school year.
Engineers and fire officials spent the day at McLane on Monday to look at the structure to help administrators decide a plan as the academic building begins August 12.
"We still have time to prepare so it is as normal as possible for students and teachers," Langston said.
Langston says floating teachers, sharing classrooms, and portable classrooms are all a possibility. District leaders are waiting to assess the building's total damage before deciding the best way to serve students this school year.
Several teachers already entered their classrooms last week to set up and decorate their rooms ahead of their planning period. The district is helping those teachers affected to replace those items.