New elementary school set to open nearly two years after tornado

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MORGAN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Nearly two years after a tornado devastated the town of West Liberty, the community is slowly but surely getting back on its feet.

"We're still doing the finishing touches," says Vickie Oldfield, Principal of Wrigley Elementary. "We're hanging pictures, cleaning."

Following the tornado, West Liberty Elementary was left in ruins. Since then, children have been going to school in a temporary factory. But in just a few days, that will all change.

"To go from the factory, which is such small space, to walk into this building is just going to be a level of excitement that I don't think we've seen before," says Oldfield.

A new West Liberty elementary school will open its doors on Monday, January 6, with a new name and new features.

"To have all this space and the advancements that you saw with setting up the speaker system," Oldfield says. "We've never had anything like that. So, we're having to learn a lot of new technology, but it's very exciting."

Principal Oldfield says the new school is about three times the size of the old school. For the first time, 270 students will see a full-size gym, new supplies and a concrete school built to withstand another storm.

Oldfield says, "To see their faces and their reactions to so many different things that we've not had for so long."

Wrigley Elementary will hold an open house on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Students, parents and the community are invited to visit the new school.

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