Students head back to school Tuesday in Henryville, just more than five months after EF-4 tornado severely damaged the school and forced students to finish last school year in temporary facilities. But a $55 million reconstruction is complete and students are returning to an almost entirely new school.
Principal Troy Albert says he is not sure what to expect from the first day of school this year since registration was not done in person.
“We‘re kind of excited to see who‘s gonna arrive because we didn‘t get to do a registration the way we normally did,” he says. “Everything‘s been done by mail.”
West Clark School Assistant Superintendent John Reed says he hopes the school will be both a rallying point and a source of pride for the community as it recovers from a natural disaster.
“I think the advice I would give to our students and to our community is to now take time to step back and look at all the wonderful things that were accomplished,” he says.
The schools still have a lot of donated school supplies to distribute, so school officials say parents should only get minimal school supplies for their kids.