VARDAMAN, Miss. (WTVA) - Vardaman students could return to their classrooms as early as Monday.
This after an EF-0 tornado tore through their campus early Wednesday morning. One building suffered significant damage.
Storm damage at Vardaman School on March 31, 2021.
Schools were closed on Wednesday. The high school and elementary school campuses remained closed on Thursday. All students and teachers participated in virtual classes.
Calhoun County School District Superintendent Lisa Langford said getting the kids back in school is a community effort.
Langford met with architects Thursday and was pleased to learn the damaged building is structurally sound.
“We do have some work to do, but we feel like we're going to be able to do it in a much shorter time frame than originally planned,” she said.
School activies could resume on campus as early as Monday. Langford applauded the community for helping with the clean-up process.
“It's one the most resilient communities you’ll ever run across,” she said. “They’re going to do whatever it takes for these kids here in this school.”
Eighth-grade student Elijah Winter spent his Thursday picking up debris.
“I was pretty sad that our school got hit,” Winter said. “I actually like school. Most people wouldn't say that, but I actually like school.”
Langford said the district will make a formal announcement Friday afternoon about the return date. The school was to be closed on Friday anyway in celebration of Good Friday.