High school students resume classes after tornado

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LAKE CITY, Iowa (AP) — Students have resumed classes this week in Lake City after their high school was damaged by a tornado.

South Central Calhoun High School students attended classes Monday at various locations, including churches, a public library and a bank, The Messenger (http://bit.ly/1cMSvH9 ) reported.

The last day of school for everyone in the district is next Thursday. Principal Randy Martin said he'll leave it up to the teachers to decide whether students would be given end-of-the-semester tests.

An EF1 tornado on May 10 damaged the school's roof, making the building unusable for the rest of the academic year.

Teachers say they're trying to stay flexible in their lesson plans after losing their teaching materials in the storm.

As a first-year Spanish teacher, Sarah Treinan said she didn't have previous years of tests or plans to fall back on.

"I was lucky that the teacher before me left review books," she said.

English teacher Scott Nesbitt said he also had to change his lesson plan for the end of the year. He said he's thankful for everyone that helped the school after the tornado.

"I appreciate all the support from the communities — not the community — communities," he said. "People came from a long ways to pitch in and help. It's appreciated by all us and the whole school."


Information from: The Messenger, http://www.messengernews.net

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