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Scottsdale Navajo Elementary School Reopens At Different Site After Fire

More than 400 students and staff members from Navajo Elementary school in Scottsdale went back to school Thursday after a fire closed the campus the day before.

However, they will not be attending class on campus as usual.  Instead, the Scottsdale Unified School District has directed students and faculty to report to Oak Learning Academy on Oak and Miller Roads near Coronado High School.

Regular classes will start and ended 15 minutes later while off site.

The pre-school programs did not return to campus on Thursday, but will begin at a new location on Friday.

The fire began early Tuesday morning in a utility closet at the center of the Navajo Elementary school classroom building and caused extensive damage.

The district said it will continue to divert students and staff to the Oak campus until an investigation is completed and safety inspectors clear the site after repairs.

Investigators have not yet released a cause of the fire.

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Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.