CUMBERLAND, Miss. (WTVA) -- Several construction projects are underway following the devestating tornadoes in April 2011.
A new dome, new buildings, and state-of-the-art classrooms are just some of the projects where East Webster School once stood.
Webster County school officials are confident that all the work will be done before the bell rings on the first day of school in the fall of 2013.
"The project is behind because of the weather. We've had a lot of rain this year, but the construction company is very optimistic that they will be able to catch up and we will be able to move in," said Jack Treloar, superintendent.
Leaders say a dome will serve as a safe place for students, faculty, staff, and the community in the event of another tornado.
"Our gymnasium will serve as a safe shelter," adds Treloar. "Construction has started on the dirt work, and it won't be long until they pour concrete to begin that structure."
The superintendent is hopeful residents in Cumberland will soon be able to move back in to their newly renovated homes.
"We certainly hope that when we move back into the school that things will kind of return to normal for the people in the community. There are still alot of people that are working on their place trying to get it back to where it was before the storm," Treloar stated.
Funding for the project is being covered by insurance and from FEMA.
The first day for faculty and staff will be August 1st with students starting on August 7th.