Janet Barresi: 57 school buildings impacted by tornadoes, expected to cost millions

Fifty-seven Oklahoma school building across five districts were damaged or destroyed by recent severe storms, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi said Friday.

Barresi estimates the rebuilding effort will cost millions.

"May was a very difficult month for school district families across Oklahoma, and our thoughts and prayers are still with them as they work through the recovery stage," she said Friday. "With 57 buildings sustaining various degrees of damage from minor to total destruction, the cost to rebuild or repair will total in the millions of dollars."

Moore, El Reno, Mid-Del, Crutcho and Moss school districts are experienced damage.

Two schools in Moore, Briarwood and Plaza Towers, were destroyed May 20. 

Another 20 sites in Moore experienced major leaks and roof and air conditioning damage May 31, Barresi confirmed Friday. Twenty-two Mid-Del school sites also reported damage June 4.

""I have talked personally with many of these superintendents that have damaged sites. I know their first concern is to work with their insurance companies and FEMA so they can start the repair and rebuilding process to be ready for the children as they return to school this summer and fall," Barresi said. "I have let them know that everyone at the State Department of Education stands ready to assist them with recovery for their school families and the rebuilding of their facilities."

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