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Taylor Elementary moves step closer to re-opening

by Bryan Goettel

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Ever since the June floods nearly seven months ago, the halls of Taylor Elementary have stood quiet. But finally construction has begun to help bring Taylor back.

Taylor principal Brian Christofferson never fathomed that his school, a building that sits outside the 500-year flood plain, would fill with three feet of water.

"You look around the building and we lost everything on the first floor," Christofferson said.

Since June, Christofferson's job description has taken a drastic turn.

"A lot of meetings, a lot of planning and hard work behind closed doors," Christofferson said.

But he's moving another step closer to being a principal again.

"Today is really where we're actually kicking off and getting the project going," said construction project superintendent Sean McEnany.

Construction to rebuild Taylor is underway. The demolition process is nearly complete. Crews will begin hanging sheet rock next week and the goal is to have the project finished by the end of May.

"Over the coming weeks and months it's going to be exciting to see it all come together," Christofferson said. 

"It makes you feel like you're doing something that's beyond just a commercial project," said McEnany. "You get to do something that kind of helps out the community."

Christofferson says he can already see progress. It has him anxious for Taylor's new beginning.

"Sometimes you just feel goose bumps because you know what's going to be the end product," Christofferson said. "Opening up the doors in August and seeing the kids come back. Getting the school back open is going to be a big step to getting people's lives back on track."

Another significant sign of progress for Taylor is just a month away. Feb. 6, is the first day of enrollment for the 2009-2010 school year.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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