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School Board Plans Completion of School Year After Lake City Tornado

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LAKE CITY, Iowa -- The South Central Calhoun School Board held a special meeting Wednesday morning to plan out the completion of the school year.

This comes after an F-1 tornado struck the high school Sunday night. The school's roof was torn off, and there is water damage inside the building.

The board has approved a plan to have high school students complete their year in a couple of churches and a couple of downtown buildings on Lake City's square. Classes will begin for the high school on Monday morning.

"High school we're going to use community buildings around the square, a couple of churches, and a couple other buildings," said South Calhoun Supt. of Schools Jeff Kruse. "They will organize the classes mainly by department, mainly be operating under the core classes math, science and social studies."

Graduating seniors will be allowed to complete whatever tests they need to finish this week so they can graduate on Sunday afternoon.

Classes for the elementary and middle school students will start Thursday morning in Rockwell City.

Graduation practice will be held on Friday, and the graduation ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Also, that afternoon the awards ceremony will be concluded, which was initially halted due to the tornado warning Sunday night.

Kruse said the School Board has communicated to its insurance company of a plan to try to resume class in the now damaged high school building by next fall.

"We start school the 24th of August, the 27th for students," said Kruse. "Our goal is to be able to get into the building and use it."

On Wednesday, there was a small army of ServiceMaster employees helping to remove items from classrooms and loading them into steel shipping containers trucked into the school grounds.

Ryan Daisy and Emily Winker, who are graduating seniors were helping clean out the art room.  Graduation was not top of mind on Wednesday.

"We've got more important stuff to do," said Daisy. "We're still graduating Sunday, now we're trying to help our teachers out."

"We just want to get our school back," said Winker. "Even though we are graduating, it's still our school, and we'd like to see it in better shape than it is."

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