Jun 17, 2013 8:25 PM by Andy Koen
COLORADO SPRINGS - The superintendent of Academy School District 20 estimates some 161 students and 22 staff members lost their homes to the Black Forest Fire. Mark Hatchell announced in a emailed statement Monday afternoon that the exact figures are still unconfirmed.
Speaking on behalf of the district, Hatchell said their thoughts and prayers are with the students, staff members and their families. The full text of his announcement reads:
A message from ACADEMY SD20
News services are reporting the Black Forest Fire, which erupted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, now ranks as the worst in Colorado history in terms of structures destroyed. The fire has destroyed 483 homes and killed two people. It is also estimated that at one point, more than 41,000 people were evacuated. Currently, more than 1,000 firefighters are calling Pine Creek High School their temporary home.
While unconfirmed, we believe as of 10 a.m., Monday, June 17, 161 Academy District 20 students living in 91 houses had their homes destroyed or damaged. In addition, 22 staff members have lost their homes. These numbers are preliminary and may change.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to these students, families and staff members.
The foundation of Academy District 20 is strong and the people even stronger. We will rise to meet the challenges before us. Our school district has been committed to our students, staff and community for more than 50 years. That commitment will not waiver. Through adversity we will rise to even greater heights.