TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Mintonye Elementary School still shows evidence of the tornado that ripped through Tippecanoe County last year, but Tippecanoe School Corporation Building and Grounds director Steve Tobias said everything is going according to plan.
“A lot of the damage was to the roof structure, and the winter conditions prevented any type of work up until this point,” said Tobias.
Cold winter weather halted progress on the roof. But as of Friday afternoon, crews were busy repairing damage.
“All the roof materials need to peeled off. It has to be inspected, corrected and then a new roof installed,” said Tobias.
The building finally has electricity, but not all utilities have been restored to the building. Crews have been working to restore the schools waste water facility, a building completely destroyed by the November tornado.
“The major systems that you have to have in school, in the first place, would have to be checked and evaluated and in our case rebuilt,” said Tobias.
Lighting, flooring and other finishes are on the list of things to be completed too, but there’s still not a dollar amount for the damages. Tobias said they are still working with the insurance company to calculate the estimate.
“We were asked to provide some additional information for the mechanical, electrical and the plumbing systems, and we’re still working on that final damage estimate,” said Tobias.
Estimates aside, Tobias said he’s ready to get the work done and restore Mintonye Elementary to the way it was before.
“We want to get the work completed in a high quality fashion as soon as we can so we can get people back here and they can feel comfortable and ready for a new year,” said Tobias.
Tobias said although it may look like they still have a lot to do, school should be back in session by August.