A Blessing and a Curse

Jessica Kramer

Bad weather gives teachers good opportunity to update classrooms.

      When you think of flooding, it may seem like a bad thing, but for some teachers it actually benefited them. For English teacher Jean Elsenpeter the issues started last spring, but got worse over the summer. The case was different for history teacher Dawn Klabunde and science teacher Hannah Kunde. “My room didn’t have very much flooding, but occasionally the ceiling tiles would get stained,” said Ms. Kunde. 

      When flooding hit over the summer, it caused plenty of damage to the classrooms. “They had to replace all of the ceiling tiles, tear up sheetrock three feet up, paint the room, and put in new carpet tiles,” said Mrs. Klabunde.

      Mrs. Elsenpeter had the same damages plus some personal books and tables from the humidity. “The wooden cabinets soaked up all the water, so the cabinets had to be gutted,” said Ms. Kunde. 

      While the repairs in the classroom only took about a month, Mrs. Elsenpeter said she is “Still waiting on new books, bookshelves, and tables.” 

      Ms. Kunde’s repairs on the other hand are still going on. “They gutted it all in the summer, and they are going to try to get the cabinets in over MEA break,” said Ms. Kunde.

      Besides just the building itself, some personal items were lost during the calamity. “The insurance company covered it, but we needed to replace the refrigerator, the microwave, and the Keurig,” Mrs. Elsenpeter said. Besides that, all teachers lost some favorite posters, making their room somewhat bare. 

      Overall, all teachers agreed that it actually improved their room. Mrs. Elsenpeter said “I wanted it painted.”

      And Mrs. Klabunde said, “I have cleaner carpet, walls, and a new ceiling.” Although they had to deal with a flooded classroom, the overall outcome was worth it.