Bryan first grader Kerrigan Reed and Benton second grade student Riley Severance work together Thursday at Bryan Elementary School.
Contractors have been working this week at Benton Elementary School to repair the boiler and until Wednesday they had been able to keep the heat on at the school while they worked. On Wednesday they ran into a problem that required shutting off the heat, setting the Nevada R-5 School District scrambling to find alternative classrooms for the students from Benton.
Dr. David Stephens, R-5 superintendent, said Wednesday evening that they decided to move the students to Bryan and have them share classrooms with the first grade students.
He said that the contractor was waiting on a piece for the boiler and they did not know Wednesday if the students would be back at Benton or Thursday or not.
Book bags, backpacks and coats are piled outside classrooms.
Bryan Elementary principal Debbie Spaur said Thursday afternoon that everything had worked pretty well.
She said "the second grade students were mentoring the first grade students with their reading," having just gone through the classes there last year.
Spaur said that they brought all the teachers from Benton, the school nurse and all the cooks to help prepare lunch.
Miranda Nims, Bryan first grade, and Brandy Duncan, Benton second grade, watch as first grader Lakyn Applegate and second grader Ryley Bobbet work toghether on a reading lesson.
And they get to do it all over again today, since Spaur found out Thursday afternoon that they would be hosting the Benton students a second day.