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State Help Possible for Southeastern High

Augusta, IL – The head of Illinois' education department says his office is prepared to help the Southeastern School District recover from this month's fire at the high school. State Superintendent Randy Dunn hopes there will be some money available to help pay for the temporary relocation of students, who will attend classes at the Bowen Methodist Church for the remainder of the school year. The district hopes to have temporary portable classrooms in place for next school year, and Dunn says his office will work with the state's Capital Development Board to help pay for those. He says his office, the CDB, and the district's insurance company should be able to provide some financial assistance once the district is ready to build a new high school. Dunn made his comments in Augusta, where he visited the damaged school. He also toured the temporary classrooms in Bowen. No one was injured in the fire on March 3. Investigators have not yet announced what caused it.