West Liberty Elementary School almost ready for classes

By: Sam Smith Email
By: Sam Smith Email

WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Several areas across the commonwealth can relate to what the people affected by Sunday's tornadoes in the midwest are going through. An EF-3 tornado ripped through West Liberty during the deadly tornado outbreak in March of last year.

More than a year and a half later, the area has made a lot of progress, including West Liberty Elementary.

The outside of the new school is finished, the inside of the school is still a work in progress. Crews are putting the final touches on classrooms, the gym, and library.

The original elementary school was one of a thousand structures destroyed by two tornadoes last year.

"We didn't know that it would as damaged as it was. When we found out that it was not going to be saved we were very disappointed," said Principal Vickie Oldfield.

The school and other damaged structures are being rebuilt. Morgan County Judge Executive Tim Conley says the area still has a long way to go. He says the first step for any community looking to rebuild is to maintain normal behavior.

"Anything the community can do as a whole, bond together, and don't let your love run out too fast," explained Conley.

School officials are excited to be involved in West Liberty's comeback.

"Some of the parents have seen the school but for the ones that haven't. I think they are going to be very surprised and more eager to come down here," Oldfield said.

Officials will start moving equipment to the new school next month. Class will begin Jan. 6, after their winter break.

Judge Conley says 75% of homes and businesses destroyed have been rebuilt.

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