SCOTTSBURG, IN (WAVE) - It'll be their first day of school, all over again. Henryville Junior-Senior High students will be back in class Monday morning. Their temporary school is at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg.
It was a stormy Sunday as Assistant Superintendent John Reed walked the empty hallways that'll be bustling with students come Monday morning. More than 500 teens have been on a 3-week break since a deadly tornado leveled a third of their school.
"There are 32 rooms in this complex that we're going to be using," Reed said as he toured the facility with WAVE 3. "They're very anxious to get back into school and we're very anxious to have them back."
The 80,000 square foot building is Scott County's think tank, an economic engine. Some of those organizations and businesses have left for a few months.
It's been 30 days since 7th grade through senior students have been in a classroom. Teachers are preparing for the transition.
"We have a room that is all decked out to be a self paced remedial program. We know a lot of our students will need some time to catch up. And that's okay. We'll be here for them," Reed said.
The building is laid out like a figure-eight. Construction crews built walls to separate classrooms and create a school environment.
WiFi is throughout the building. There isn't a public announcement system, so internal communications will be handled through two-way radios. Reed said what the facility has in technology - makes up for what it's missing.
"It has outstanding infrastructure for technology. We'll have computer labs and resources available to students that they're used to," Reed said.
The tornado swept through Southern Indiana March 2. He said it's about time to have them back by April 2. "It's going to be a very emotional one. The students I've talked to are very excited. Many of them haven't seen their friends since everything happened. It's going to be an emotional day."
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:27:30 GMT
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