Created: 08/06/2014 5:33 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Students still have one more week off but teachers officially went back to school in Albuquerque Wednesday.
She didn't have to be back until Wednesday, but Patricia Gardener returned to her classroom last Friday.
"I like to get my room set up and I like the quiet so I can work on curriculum and things,” said the Albuquerque High School social studies teacher. She was busy moving books, re-arranging boxes and hanging up posters.
“I'm going to be putting these maps in the corner and finding a place for the cubby probably over here,” she said.
Each year teachers like Gardener spend hundreds of dollars out of their own pockets and it's not just on school supplies for their students.
“Kids can't learn if they're hungry and we have kids who come to school hungry,” she said. “So a lot of the teachers have food in their classroom. When we go to the grocery store we buy extra peanut butter crackers and granola bars and things. And kids know who those teachers are.”
While teachers were busy setting up their classrooms, maintenance crews were scrambling to repair flood damage in the school's Performing Arts Center.
They cut holes in the stage and brought in powerful fans to dry it out. The district says a total of 16 schools had water damage after last weekend's storm.
None of the damage will delay the start of school.