SMITHVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — Students and teachers returned Wednesday to the original campus of the school in Smithville for the first classes there since the April 2011 tornado.
Many of the buildings there were damaged or destroyed when a large twister struck more than two years ago.
Last school year, classes were held in trailers in another part of town.
Those who returned came to a campus with a new building for elementary classes. Construction will soon be completed on a domed gymnasium that will serve as a storm shelter for the town.
"The one year I do get to enjoy it, it's nice to see it's back how it was," said senior Drew Lann.
However, students at another school damaged in the April 2011 tornadoes are still waiting to return to their original campus.
East Webster High School began its year Wednesday at the site of the old Wood Junior College.
The expectation is for classes to resume at the East Webster campus sometime during the fall semester.