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Update: Arson Fire at Horace Mann Middle School

The Amarillo Fire Department says someone intentionally set the fire at Horace Mann Middle School.

While the investigation continues, they are now conducting an arson investigation.

The Amarillo Independent School District Board of Trustees met today at Noon to discuss the fire and what action they need to take.

They passed a resolution to contract Wiley Hicks Jr. Inc. to handle the construction of the damaged building.

It was an emergency meeting because there are bidding laws that must take place for a contract to be made.  According to AISD Superintendent Rod Schroder, they needed the resolution to bypass that law and begin construction immediately.

There does need to be a separate clean-up crew hired but, AISD is still getting estimates from different companies for the cost of clean-up.

While the fire did hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage, District Administrators hope to have the campus ready to open by the start of the school year.

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