State Superintendent tours church where Southgate students will finish the year

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MOORE, Okla. – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister visited students and teachers of Southgate-Rippetoe Elementary School today.

The school was heavily damaged in a tornado on March 25.

Classes at the school have been moved to Emmaus Baptist Church while repairs are made to Southgate-Rippetoe.

Joined by Moore Public Schools Superintendent Robert Romines, Hofmeister toured the church, where students from the damaged school will finish out the school year.

Hofmeister said the visit was about the kids and the teachers, and to thank them for being such strong leaders. She assured them that the Oklahoma State Department of Education will do all it can to help Moore Public Schools recover.

“I am inspired by the resilience and determination of Southgate-Rippetoe’s staff and students,” Hofmeister said. “For something like this to happen to this school district again is heartbreaking. But today I saw motivated teachers, and children excited to learn. It is evident that this is a very special community.”

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