West Clark Community Schools has been granted a waiver from tacking on days to the end of Henryville’s elementary and high schools’ academic year following last month’s storms.

Nearly 1,300 students missed several weeks of class following the March 2 storms. All students are now back in class in new temporary locations, but the waiver means they won’t have to make up days missed.

Assistant superintendent John Reed, who has been speaking on the district’s behalf, said with the waiver students may fall behind in class, but the emotional relief is worth it. [click to continue…]

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Classes Resume for Henryville High School Students

by Devin Katayama April 2, 2012

Henryville High School students are back in class Monday following last month’s tornado damage. Over 1,000 students from both the elementary and high schools were displaced after the storm swept through parts of Southern Indiana and Kentucky. Elementary school students returned to class at the New Albany Graceland Baptist Church last month. The high school […]

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by Devin Katayama March 12, 2012

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by Devin Katayama March 7, 2012

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Teams Assess Individual Property Damage in Indiana

by Devin Katayama March 6, 2012

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Storm Damage Widespread in Kenton County, Kentucky

by Rick Howlett March 5, 2012

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by Erica Peterson March 3, 2012

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