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Published November 18, 2010, 04:09 PM

Another first day of school for students displaced by fire

Lidgerwood, ND (WDAY TV) - Students in Lidgerwood have been out of school for more than a week. A fire at the school forced a mini vacation for students, but the free time is over, today Lidgerwood high school students had their first day of school in Wyndmere.

For the second time this year, students are going through their first day of school. Starting with an assembly, then a new class schedule, and off to a new school.

"One of the things I remember from the last fire we had, when the kids got a chance to get back in their building they were so happy to have their school back. The climate in the school went from here to here because they realized once you don't have it and you get it back you start to realize some of those things."

Everyday students will still report to Lidgerwood High School before being bussed the 13 miles to Wyndmere. School officials expect it to go on for at least 3 weeks.

"I don't mind it too much. I guess it'll probably get old pretty fast, but right now it's not so bad."

"Well we get to go to a school that we know pretty well and yeah most of us are friends there."

A concern the students have is a change in rules here at Wyndmere. Things like no gum or hats in school and the one that had them all up in arms, you have to pay for seconds in the lunchroom.

"Which that's a big deal because all of us we're used to like eating a lot at our school."

"Like we're kind of laid back at our school and they're more strict."

"I'm just hoping for less homework."

A few nerves and some anxious feelings were all part of this short stay at a new school.

Grades k through 8 stayed in Lidgerwood for school, there at local churches and community centers. Wyndmere had to get a little creative to fit the 60 new high school students.

This is one of two storage rooms the school cleared space and brought in desks. The school also has 4 rooms that aren't used every period. Those are now for the Lidgerwood students. The hardest part was developing a new class schedule for Lidgerwood students so everyone passes classes when the bells ring.

“Co-op with the sports helps. I’ve seen quite a bit of hugging early on here and the kids know each other well and they're kind of like brothers and sisters anyway. So it's pretty it's been smooth.”

They will be using the lunchroom for one class.