Schools Recovering From Millions in Tornado Damage

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The superintendent of Tippecanoe School Corp. says repairs to two schools slammed by November tornadoes are "well underway." Scott Hanback says the storms caused $12 million damage to Southwestern Middle and Mintonye Elementary schools and rendered them "unusable." He says insurance will cover all but $10,000 of the repairs. Hanback says the work will allow the district to do previously-planned renovations on the buildings. The corporation has moved students to extra classroom space in another middle school as well as an area church. Hanback says he hopes to have Mintonye students back in their original building in August. Southwestern Middle School, which suffered more severe damage, will likely take longer to repair.

Hanback says the district has received more than $60,000 in donations. He says the money has been used to replace school supplies and classroom equipment lost or damaged in the storms.

Mintonye Elementary School has approximately 500 students. Southwestern houses about 450 students. There are a total of about 150 teachers and staff members at the buildings.

Source: Tippecanoe School Corp.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story included a typo in the superintendent's last name. That has been corrected.