Baker schools return with strong numbers after flooding
BAKER – City of Baker school officials say a large number of its students returned on Monday, just days after what some say is the worst storm since Hurricane Sandy.
Baker High Principal Traci Morgan said that she was surprised by how many students showed up on Monday's school check in.
"This was greater than anything that I had ever dreamed of," Morgan said. "And most of the students are in uniforms, too. We are up and ready to go already."
Baker High students are attending classes at Baker Middle School due to water damage from the flooding. School officials say the damage will keep the school closed, possibly until the end of the school system's first semester.
Superintendent Herman Brister Sr. said he expected normal attendance for the opening of school. He said that he and staff visited evacuee shelters in Baker and Baton Rouge last week to see if there were Baker students at those locations. Staff also contacted parents to get an estimate of how badly the flood impacted them prior to making the decision to reopen schools on Monday.