Indiana’s West Clark Community Schools board will likely decide Thursday where over 1,000 Henryville students will attend class following last week’s tornado that heavily damaged the city’s elementary and high schools.
But it may still be a while before the students are back in school, said assistant superintendent John Reed.
The board has been taking their actions week by week and has so far canceled classes for all of this week, but it’s unlikely the board’s decision tomorrow will mean class for students next week, said Reed.
“It’s probably not going to happen. I know that’s their goal but a lot of people need to do a whole lot of stuff real quick to make that happen, and everybody is going as fast as they can right now, believe me,” he said.
Even if the board decides where students can go, there are several steps to be addressed regarding codes and regulations before students can occupy a new space. This includes a visit from the fire marshal which would have to approve of the faculties under standard education regulations, said Reed.
The board has looked at several options since Friday’s storm, he said.
“We’ve looked at…I’ve lost count….we’ve looked at a lot of different places throughout Clark County, Scott County and Floyd. We have looked at the possibility of leasing portable classrooms, so we’ve looked at a lot of different things,” Reed said.
The board has sent a request to the state department for adding days to the school year but Reed said he’s still unsure how many days, if any, will be added.