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By Russ Green, Senior Staff Writer
Superintendent Aerin O’Dell told the Orrick Board of Education Monday night that school will begin as planned on Aug. 13 despite damage from the May 10 tornado.
Although some areas of the roof will be completely replaced, other damaged areas will be patched until they can be completely repaired after school opens.
The May 10 tornado caused extensive roof damage to the building’s high school area, destroying the entire roof of the north end, along with the gym roof and Ag shop. The HVAC systems were also heavily damaged.
The board hired ACI Bowland of Kansas City Monday night to serve as architect for the project to repair the roof and replace the HVAC. That same firm worked with the district on an addition for the school in 2007.
O’Dell said the goal is to have students in the building for the scheduled start of school, Aug. 13. The cafeteria and gym roofs will be completely repaired by the time students return. However, the entire project will be completed in time for the following school year.
For the rest of this story see the June 19 print edition of the Richmond News.