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“When I was hired in ‘87 to teach here, John Legg, then the principal, wouldn’t tell me at first what classroom I would have,” Larry Fletcher recalled on Tuesday morning, July 5. But he found out that summer the English Department would be housed in portable classrooms outside the main building on the South Tama High School campus in Tama. Fletcher, Toledo, now retired, ended up teaching for five years in the portables. He said the heating system, separate from the main building was one of the interesting feature as it would warm up the room and then shut down, dropping the room temperature with it. He also said students and faculty had to hustle from the main building out to the classes in winter as there was no protection from the elements then. Fletcher was on hand for the demolition process on Wednesday and had arranged with contractor Loren Dostal to salvage a bit of the old buildings- a piece of blond paneling. He has plans to make a memento for each of his fellow English teachers from the “portable era” -Vicki Fithc Walker, Deb Plantz and ann Michael.



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