Fire-damaged MLK to reopen to students Wednesday

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 6:45pm

Students at Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School will report back to school Wednesday as repairs continue on the fire-damaged facility.

Tuesday will be a workday for MLK teachers, with workers continuing to ready the school for Wednesday’s classes.

The school lost an estimated 1,000 textbooks that had been stored in a textbook room, and the two classrooms that suffered the most damage will be out of commission for two to three weeks, according to Metro schools spokeswoman Olivia Brown.

An early morning fire on Saturday apparently started around a water heater pipe near a mechanical room between the school’s ceiling and roof. That room, the two classrooms and the textbook room received the most damage, with other rooms receiving mostly water damage.

Brown credited the Nashville Fire Department, as well as the school’s sprinkler and alarm systems, for keeping the fire from spreading. She said there is not yet an estimate on the total dollar amount of the damage and repairs.

An MLK Royals home varsity basketball game is set to go on as scheduled Tuesday night. A middle school game, however, has been cancelled due to a school policy stating that middle school games must be cancelled when school is not in session.