Officials Reveal Post-Tornado Plan For Henryville Schools

1,200 Students To Be Placed In Temporary Classes

While volunteers cleaned up the debris from last week's tornado, Clark County School officials discussed plans on where to hold temporary classes so that Henryville's 1,200 students can finish out the school year.

John Reed, assistant superintendent of West Clark Community Schools, said his school board is eyeing locations that can pass inspections before classes can resume next week.

"We’re coming down to two facilities, and hopefully we’ll make a decision and make it final,” Reed said. "We now believe we have two facilities that will meet fire codes and are large enough to house the kids.”

Administrators canceled classes after last Friday’s tornadoes damaged the corporation’s school complex, which houses both the elementary and high schools.

The school board held an open meeting Thursday night to give parents a chance to weigh in on process before making a decision.

Officials said they're considering sending Henryville Elementary School students to the former Graceland Christian School in New Albany, RTV6's Eboné Monet reported.

Jennifer Green has two elementary school-aged children and said she's glad officials are making strides to get schools back on track.

"We’re excited that they're going to figure out where they're going to be going,” Green said.

The plan for junior-senior high school students included sending them to a facility in Scottsburg, about 10 miles away.

School officials said they're working to give students a sense of normalcy during the tough times.

Students were also anxious to get back to the books.

"I’m ready to go back to school because I don't like seeing my school like this. I really want to see all my friends,” student McKaleigh Burton said.

Student Katlyn Burton missed her friends, too.

“I want to see all of my friends. I've only got to see one of my friends so far. I don't know if all of them are OK,” she said.

Student Alex White said she’s had enough of the unexpected break.

"I miss school. I was always the one who said I don’t want to come to school, and now I would do anything just to go back for a day,” White said.

Officials said special arrangements will have to be made for transportation.

"It'll be an adjustment, but you know, we’re stronger than this tornado. So, we’ll all come together and we’ll make it through,” White said.

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