School Destroyed By Tornado Vows To Rebuild

2 Schools Leveled By Storms

A tornado may have destroyed their schools, but Henryville leaders are vowing to rebuild.

On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and members of the media got their first look inside the complex that once housed Henryville Junior-Senior High School and Henryville Elementary.

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The gym is gone, along with the roof that once protected the main office, although some lockers revealed students' belongings still intact, RTV6's Stacia Matthews reported.

Hot air blows through tubes at the school site to keep what remains dry to avoid mold.

"So much work has been done within this past week. It's stunning, actually," Skillman said.

Specialists have been called in to determine if the steel beams are structurally sound.

"We feel like the school is salvageable," said Superintendent Monty Schneider. "We want to get back in as soon as we can, and our No. 1 goal now is to get students back into a temporary facility."

Salvaged supplies, books and furniture are being packed to transport to the alternative sites, where students will finish out of school year.

Now, more than a week after the storms, there's talk of the future and of rebuilding.

"Nothing is set in stone. Things are changing daily," Schneider said. "That's the tough part, and we can't give exact answers."

Schneider said he would like to have the school rebuilt by fall.

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