New school opens nearly two years after West Liberty tornado

Wrigley Elementary School

It's just two months shy of being two years since a tornado tore through the town destroying much of West Liberty's infrastructure, including several schools.

Friday, Morgan County Schools will celebrate the opening of a new building for their teachers and students.

The opening of the newly named Wrigley Elementary was actually scheduled for Monday, but the extreme winter weather that hit Kentucky and much of the nation this week kept them from doing so.

Following the tornado in March of 2012, West Liberty Elementary was left in ruins. Since then, children have been going to school in a temporary factory.

Students will meet up at the temporary elementary school Friday morning to load up on buses. They will then be led on a drive to the new school by Principal Vicki Oldfield and Superintendent Deatrah Barnett.

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 storms.

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