SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - It was a structural victim of the 2012 tornado outbreak, but now one Magoffin County school is opening just in time for the start of school.
Officials cut the ribbon on the remodeled Salyersville Grade School Tuesday.
"Today's a special day. We've spent the last year more or less in absence of our facility," said Principal Willie Cole.
Tuesday was the day before the first day of school in Magoffin County, and everyone seemed ready.
"Feels good to be back home in our school," said 5th grade student Haley Barnett.
A little more than one year ago it was a completely different scene at Salyersville Grade School after an EF3 tornado ripped through the county leaving the school building seriously damaged.
"We didn't know anything about it, how bad it damaged it or nothing," said Barnett.
The tornado was caught on tape by the school's surveillance system taking just a few seconds to mangle the building.
"It was tremendous. To be overwhelmed with this notion of well here we are. What do we do now?" said Cole.
It displaced nearly 500 students forcing them into the old grade school building that lacked the size and technology.
But displaced did not mean disheartened.
"That survival spirit kind of woke up in the staff and parents and students," said Cole.
Nearly 17 months and $5 million later they are back.
"We're going to overcome this situation, and we're going to be successful. I wouldn't have it any other way," said Superintendent Stanley Holbrook.
They have just one thing on their minds.
"It's good to be back in Salyersville Grade School!" said Barnett.
The high school and middle school were also damaged in that tornado.
They were able to use the high school last year ... but the middle school will have to be rebuilt.