Moore educators welcomed back for first time after storms

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MOORE, Okla. – The first day of classes begin Friday for Moore Public Schools. Monday district faculty members gathered at Westmoore High School to prepare for the first day of school.

“It takes a village to raise a child, and we’re raising our child one day at a time,” Superintendent Robert Romines said.

The child is the entire student body. The village spans across the country as donations top more than a million dollars.

Monday the school district recognized this generosity as Romines addresses the staff.

“It was very, very heartwarming today,” Highland East Junior High Principal Kathy Knowles said. “All of the support from across the nation and this community is awesome and overwhelming.”

Transfers for the school year have been waived for students who had to relocate after the tornado.

“It’s all about getting these kids back to school, back to the new normal. We cannot wait to see there faces and get this show on the road,” Knowles said.

The road will be long, but much progress has already been made. Plaza Towers Elementary has been relocated to Central Jr. High.”

Students of Briarwood Elementary will start classes at Emmaus Baptist Church. Highland East Jr. High was also severely damaged. Construction and repairs to the campus are already underway.

“When our kids step outside for lunch, they’re within the devastated area,” Knowles said. “We can’t wait until the new construction on the gym. Once that begins it will provide new hope for them.”

“Buildings can be rebuilt. That’s easy, but lives can’t,” Romines said. “We’ll continue to move forward.”

MORE: Full coverage of the Moore tornado

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