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School reopens for first day after tornado damage repair

South Lincoln Elementary students are back in their school after tornado damage last April forced them to another building. (Source: WAFF) South Lincoln Elementary students are back in their school after tornado damage last April forced them to another building. (Source: WAFF)
LINCOLN COUNTY, TN (WAFF) - Lincoln County students head back to school today and one school's students were glad to be back in their own building.

A tornado damaged South Lincoln Elementary School in April, and it forced students to finish the year out in another building.

South Lincoln took a direct hit from a tornado on April 28.

The roof of the school got an extensive amount of damage. It was pretty much ripped off.

School leaders said the damage totaled about $2 million.

The students were able to finish out the school year, but they had to use Flintville Elementary.

During that time, they divided school into two different sessions so that everything could flow smoothly.

A lot of repairs went into getting the school ready for the first day of school, but the students were able to start the year off right in their own school.

One by one students rushed off the bus, ready to see what their school looks like after all of its repairs.

"I haven't seen it in a while but I kind of remember what it looks like in the inside," said 6th grader Sammy Crabbe.

The last sight most kids remember seeing of South Lincoln Elementary wasn't a good one.

"I was looking at the pictures," said 8th grader Olivia Horn, "and I was so upset because this is the best school."

Now students can replace those pictures with much better ones.

Not only do they have a new roof, desk and chairs, they even got an extra upgrade.

"We got a better wifi system to use in the classrooms," said Principal John Fanning.

First grader Kayla Knight said she's happy to be back.

"I missed my teacher very much."

"She really wanted to be here," said Kayla's grandmother, "she missed it when she had to go to Flintville."

Kayla wasn't the only one who had a hard time adjusting to temporary classes at Flintville Elementary.

"It was weird and different I didn't know where to go at some points," said Crabbe.

The last piece to fix is the gym.

"The major focus was put on the classrooms so they'd be able to return on time," said Principal Fanning, "and we hope to be back in the gym sometime between mid to end October."

Most students say they aren't worried about that, they're just happy to be home.

"Hopefully I get a few new friends maybe," said Crabbe "and meet my old friends."

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