Black Forest is home to two Academy School District 20 elementary schools, and the morning after the fire started, the schools were still standing.
Edith Wolford Elementary School and School in the Woods are still standing according to D-20 Superintendent Dr. Mark Hatchell. Hatchell and D-20 Chief of Security Brian Grady were able to view the schools the day after the fire.
In an email sent to parents, Hatchell said there is some fire damage on the grounds of Edith Wolford Elementary School as well as School in the Woods but the buildings appear to be fine. They are still closely monitoring what is happening with the fire.
Edith Wolford Elementary School is one of D-20's original schools. The school was named for a teacher who taught at the original Black Forest Log School located on Shoup and Black Forest Roads. It is not known if the original school house, which was built in 1922, is still standing. The school closed in 1945 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Edith Wolford Elementary School is located on Black Forest Road, north of Shoup Road and School in the Woods is located on Vollmer Road, east of Black Forest Road.
Hatchell said in the email that the district is concerned about the students and staff members of the district that live in Black Forest.
“We know that many students and staff members have lost their homes and a large number are currently being evacuated,” Hatchell said. “As we move forward and assess the impact of this natural disaster I know we will have many families and staff who need our help. We are working to come together as a district and put plans in place so that we can assist with those needs.”