First day back after Nov. tornado damages school

WLFI File Photo
WLFI File Photo

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Students in the Tippecanoe School Corporation returned to classes Wednesday, including Mintoyne Elementary School which marks the first day back in their building which was damaged by a tornado in November 2013.

Students and staff spent most of the last school year at First Assembly after November’s tornado damaged Mintonye’s building.

Principal Rob Skaggs told News 18 in June, the last day before summer break, “We were just blessed that this building was available. It’s been great. But at the same time, we’re excited to go home.”

The official price tag for repairing the tornado damage at Mintonye Elementary School stands at $3.3 million.

TSC officials said Southwestern Middle School was not quite ready for students. The repairs, which has an estimated price tag of $11 million, will not be complete until 2015. This week, TSC asked the county for bond approval to help speed up repairs to the school.

Watch News 18 at Five and Six to hear from students about their first day. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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