July's storm damage forced a late start for Porter Consolidated Schools students

Posted at 11:07 AM, Aug 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-29 12:18:22-04

Students started the school year Monday morning at Porter Consolidated Schools after a three-week delay.

July's storm caused more than $650,000 of damage at the middle school and early childhood buildings.

There are still repairs to be made, but superintendent Mark Fenton said the important thing is students are back to school and learning.

He said the delay shouldn't affect lost time.

"We're going to have 10 minutes in the morning and five minutes in the afternoon, and hopefully with those minutes, it'll get us right on track," said Superintendent Fenton.

Some of the teachers are using the gym to teach classes temporarily, while repairs continue.

Superintendent Fenton hopes the middle school repairs are finished in one week, and they can start furnishing the classrooms after Labor Day.

However, he doesn't expect the early childhood building to be finished until the end of September.

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