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Trinity Students Ready To Get Back to School

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While most high school students have been enjoying their last few weeks of school, Trinity students are still getting used to their classrooms.

Trinity students and teachers say they're still adjusting to their new schools and now the academic year is almost over.

Luckily they'll be back to familiar surroundings in the fall.

The hallways are a little narrower, and the classrooms are a little smaller.

But Trinity students are making the most of an unfortunate situation after a fire forced them out of their school.

"It's noisier because the walls aren't as thick, but after awhile, we've gotten used to it. And are more respectful of each other's space because we don't have a lot," says Trinity junior Grace Irsfeld.

"They've spent the past five and a half plus years in a school building and now they're in this church basement being taught in cubicle like classrooms, nearly sitting on top of each other. It takes a lot of patience, it takes a lot of dedication and discipline that I think our students have for the most part," says Fr. Kregg Hochhalter.

Luckily, this shared space isn't permanent. Dickinson Catholic School officials say students will be back at Trinity this fall.

"I think we're all excited to put this behind us and move forward, but I think under the circumstance things have gone extremely well," says Dickinson Schools President Steve Glasser.

The only usable part of the school is the area west of the auditorium, so Glasser says they will have to use some portable classrooms. But students say they don't mind.

"It would've stunk to spend our senior year, the whole year down here, and being able to be in that building means a lot to us," says Irsfeld.

And the best news for Trinity students is the school's auditorium will be ready for graduation on May 25.

"To have our students walk across their stage I think is critical and just ending a very difficult spring on a very positive note," says Glasser.

The school's motto since the fire has been Titan Strong. And these students have proved it.

Dickinson Catholic Schools officials say they're going to start developing a five-year plan for the future of the school system in June. Some have told me that plan would include a Dickinson Catholic Schools campus with all grade levels in the same buildings. We will keep you updated on those plans throughout the summer.

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