Morgan Co. Schools now open

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Students returned to school in Morgan County on Monday.

Most schools were not affected by the tornado, but West Liberty Elementary did receive damage.

In just two weeks, a warehouse was converted into a new school so students could finish out the school year.

As the buses and student's arrived, it almost felt like the first day of school.

"It's been exciting and little nerve wracking," said Jennifer Utterback who has two sons at West Liberty Elementary.

For the first time since the tornado hit, a sense of normalcy has been put back in these kids lives.

West Liberty Elementary School now sits in a converted warehouse. It's not perfect but it symbolizes progress.

"When I walked in here the first night, it was just a black shell, and to see it turn into a school has just been so nice, " said Principal Vickie Oldfield.

Students even got a chance to meet the governor when he stopped by to see the progress.

"It's amazing what these folks have done in just short amount of time. I mean look at this school they got up and running," said Governor Steve Beshear.

You can feel the excitement from the administration, teachers and students. They're not wasting any time and proving how important a school can be to a community.

"We feel like our family is home, and we recruited a few more along the way into our community," said Principal Oldfield.

It will take some getting used to, but inside this miracle on the hill learning will continue and life goes on.

The principal says this will be the temporary home for the school for at least another year.

They plan to make improvements this Summer before the kids come back in the Fall.

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