Teachers return to Henryville, ready classrooms for upcoming school year


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on August 1, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 1 at 6:41 PM

HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Less from a week from now, Henryville High and Elementary school students will walk through the doors of their newly remodeled school.
It's been five months since the deadly tornadoes swept through Henryville,  ripping apart the town and destroying the school. Now, $54 million later and months of renovations the school is gearing up to welcome back students.

Teachers were in the building Wednesday preparing their classrooms for the new school year. Henryville High School science teacher Karen Albert said this is her Christmas, unpacking boxes for the opening of school next Tuesday.

"It's the same room, but it's fresh paint new ceiling tile. Everything feels so nice," Albert said.

It's a moment so many teacher's at Henryville High and Elementary have been waiting for after students, and teachers, were relocated until the rebuild neared completion. 

"If it weren't for all the community and people helping and donating we wouldn't be able to do this," Albert said.

Inside the school the clock is ticking on repairs, renovations and getting classrooms ready for the start of school. Principal Troy Albert said they are all excited about the kids returning.

"It's just a miracle that this has happened. That's what it is. A lot of people have come together to make this work," Albert said.

More than a dozen high school teachers and all the elementary school teachers showed up Wednesday to start setting up classrooms.

A lot of the items in this classroom were actually salvaged including the books. The rest of it was donated.

All the renovations are expected to be complete by next Tuesday, but the classrooms may still be a work in progress for a few months. Its a fresh start,  a welcome home for teachers and students that have endured so much.

"It's very exciting and astounding that we can be back in here in five months time," Albert said.

This Sunday from 1-5 p.m. there will be an open house for students and parents at the school. If parents have concerns about bus routes they are asked to call 812-246-3375.