Construction underway at Magoffin County High School

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

You would never know by just looking at the front.

"There were walls separating from each other. There were windows with spaces where you could see through the building. There were cracks horizontally and vertically," said Mason Supervisor Cheryl Berard.

But inside Magoffin County High School it is a totally different story because of the now infamous March 2 tornado that tore through Magoffin County.

"We just recently finished renovation on this high school so we thought we were in pretty good shape, but of course we've never had to deal with a tornado and these type of winds," said Superintendent Joe Hunley.

The EF-3 tornado wreaked havoc on the schools, leaving the grade school and middle school uninhabitable and causing substantial structural damage to the high school. But now contractors are working hard to restore the building.

"We're cutting out some of the block and reinforcing that with steel and concrete and then patching it back," said Berard.

Officials say long steel bars going from foundation to ceiling will help reinforce the building if anything like that ever happens again.

"That's going to be the reinforcement that wasn't in this building originally. Make this building a lot more stronger," said Berard.

School officials say the extra strength the building will have is very reassuring, especially now.

"There's nothing you can do about mother nature. We're just fortunate that we still have this building here to house our middle and high school," said Hunley.

They hope to have the project done by the start of the school year.

Construction has not started on the grade school or middle school, but officials say those projects could take up to two years to complete.

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