ONLY ON NBC15: Rebuilding Country View Elementary

By: Britni McDonald Email
By: Britni McDonald Email

POSTED Wednesday, July 23, 2014-- 4:50 p.m.

Four and a half weeks ago you wouldn't be able to walk through some of Country View Elementary. Now, the classrooms that were destroyed in the tornado are on their way to being rebuilt and ready for the new school year.

Superintendent Dean Gorrell took NBC15 through Country View Elementary as it stands now with new walls, beams, and floors.

But on June 16th, it was unrecognizable.

"These three classrooms were completely destroyed. The roof was caved in, the walls were blown off," said Gorrell. "That whole wall was in this courtyard here so it collapsed forward... They're making great progress."

Christine Frei's classroom was one that was destroyed. She'll be starting the new school year with a new classroom, but Wednesday was spent sifting through the salvaged items that now fill the cafeteria.

"I've been teaching for almost 20 years and you accumulate over time," explained Frei. "I was very nervous about what I was going to see and what I was going to find... Glad to at least be able to get in here and look at it and start processing, OK, what's our next step?"

"You can rebuild and it can happen quickly," said Gorrell.

Superintendent Gorrell said they're on track for the first day of school on September 2. Staff will be arriving the week before.

The total cost of repairs is estimated at $4 million.

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