Students Getting Ready for Class After Tornado

August 3, 2006 -- Posted at 5:05 p.m. CDT

CARUTHERSVILLE, AR -- It was just a few short months ago that Mother Nature tore apart the Caruthersville, Missouri schools, now, while the buildings are still in need of repair the school is moving forward.

"One (mobile home) has 12 classrooms, and the other one is going to be the lunch room," said Charles Barnard, owner of Mid-West Mobile, the company responsible for putting the buildings up.

Rows of modular homes are being set up and attached to one another to make buildings.

"We're sitting up a modular school.  It's a system for them that will last two to four years, so they can re-build their school after the tornado," said Barnard.

With the start of school just around the corner, Superintendent Nick Thiele says he's happy with the progress that is being made.

"When these crews have come in, they said, 'We're going to do the best job we can for you, we know you're under the gun', and they've held up to their word," said Superintendent Nick Thiele.

Now, students can be ready to return September 5th.

"What these trailers will do for us is, these will primarily house our classes for our high school.  Our high school is across the street, but we're moving these to this campus," said Thiele.

Other students will share the less damaged parts of the school.  So why, when faced with this much devastation, did they decide to make these changes?

"The overwhelming majority said, 'We want to attend our classes in our town', and that's a good thing.  It caused us to have to do some things, but it also told me how proud our people are of their school system," said Thiele.

The Caruthersville School District will have to make another decision soon regarding its high school.

The school's insurance company will only restore it to the condition it was in before the storm, saying it's not bad enough to tear down.  So now, they are trying to decide what to do next.