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Trinity High School Clean-Up is Right on Track

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A devastating fire in March damaged most of Trinity High School -- and left rooms and hallways empty..
But now -- there's a spark of life.

 Good evening, I'm Lauren Kalberer...

 Clean-up is right on track.
Courtney Plante takes us to Dickinson for the story.

It's not for the reason they want -- but Trinity is getting a new look.

"We're going to be back here in the Fall. It's going to look different, but I think the big thing is that we know we're going to be together again," said Steve Glasser, President of Dickinson Catholic Schools.

A restoration crew is busy getting the school looking as good as new.

"It's a lot of man power. At one point we had about 65 people here working 12 hours every day," said John Schmainda, Project manager, SRM.

Schmainda has been there every day since March 7th.
They clean from top to bottom -- saving everything from auditorium seats to library books.

"It's just a matter of touching pretty much every surface. So you know that you're removing all the soot and odor from the building," said John Schmainda, Project manager, SRM.

The first priority is the gym -- which is 100 percent clean.
And then the auditorium -- to have it ready for graduation in May. 

"We've got some work to do, but everything is going very well. And I think it's going to be a really important step to have graduation in our auditorium ,"said Steve Glasser, President of Dickinson Catholic Schools.

Glasser says not only are the crews helping the building --

"You think of what it was and what it is now. It's amazing the work that they do," said Steve Glasser, President of Dickinson Catholic Schools.

But also the Trinity family.

"Just how comforting they were and how at ease they put every one. They've just been a real pleasure to work with," said Steve Glasser, President of Dickinson Catholic Schools.

Schmainda expects to be done cleaning by Saturday -- and his crew is helping to make a difference.

"It really makes a person feel good knowing that you made a difference in the community. You were able to come in and help people when other people weren't able to do it," said John Schmainda, Project manager, SRM.

There are still a lot of work to be done -- but seniors will be able to graduate in their own school and classes will start next Fall.

Reporting in Dickinson for KX News, I'm Courtney Plante.

The staff got to walk through the school this morning for the first time since the fire. 
Glasser says it was an emotional experience.

 

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