“Why would you put $22-million
dollars into a school that has the possibility of flooding again?”
Rochelle Dunn-Redd said, following the 2016 flood, she’s concerned about Baker High School’s building.
“I think that the whole thing needs to be redone.”
She said, during a meeting, she asked about the school’s survival if we saw another major flood.
“I asked the question, would the school flood again. The gentlemen said, yes, it is a possibility the front part would flood again but the back part wouldn’t flood because they were going to do an elevation” said Dunn-Redd.
I took her concerns to Bakers’ School Superintendent, Dr. Herman Brister.
“We can’t elevate the existing structure that we’re renovating but we definitely can mitigate flooding on the new structure that we’re putting in place.”
He confirmed, the current building that flooded in 2016 cannot be raised because of codes. He said, they’re doing everything they can to prevent as much damage as possible.
“We’re taking steps to the best of our ability, we know that would comply with the USDA raise and the federal government relative to the flood plan” said Brister.
Since 2016, Baker High students have been forced to attend classes at the middle school. That domino effect trickles down to middle and elementary students.
“They’re ready to go back home, our high school students are ready to go back home and of course the community is ready for the high school to open back up but we want everything done right.”
Superintendent Brister says, they are close to breaking ground.
While we await the final plans, parents said, it is now long overdue.
“Every school except Baker High school has been rebuild.”