Elementary school structurally sound, kids return Monday

Elementary school structurally sound, kids return Monday
Governor Hutchinson says the emergency management people in his office are working with Tyronza. Right now, Hutchinson says it’s a waiting game. (Source: KAIT-TV)

TYRONZA, Ark. (KAIT) - The elementary school building in Poinsett County damaged by a tornado is structurally sound and students will be back on campus Monday.

According to East Poinsett County Superintendent Micky Pierce, a state fire marshal went through the building and determined the building is structurally sound.

All students will return to school on Monday, Oct. 28. Pre-K and 4th grade students will be in the elementary building while 5th and 6th grade students will be sent to the Lepanto campus.

Pierce said parents will be notified and kept informed on school re-opening through a cell phone messaging system. The district will also post any updates on social media.

Glover said Sunday that a wall now separates the damaged portion of the elementary school from the end where the school will start again on Monday.

Glover noted the school’s elementary principal, Sandi Carroll, wrote a caption on the wall and has invited both patrons and students to sign their name.

School officials have placed a wall to separate the damaged portion of the school from the area that received damage from an Oct. 21 tornado. The caption reads, "Every Great Warrior must learn to endure and overcome the adversities of life!"
School officials have placed a wall to separate the damaged portion of the school from the area that received damage from an Oct. 21 tornado. The caption reads, "Every Great Warrior must learn to endure and overcome the adversities of life!" (Source: Tyronza Mayor Charles Glover)

On Wednesday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he and his administration stand shoulder to shoulder with the city of Tyronza and other areas of Arkansas damaged by tornadoes this week.

Since Monday’s tornado, the community and multiple organizations have formed a bond in Tyronza to get through it together.

Hutchinson said the emergency management people in his office are working with Tyronza. Adding that right now it’s a waiting game.

“We have to wait and see what the damage assessments come in and whether that reaches the level of federal or additional state resources to go in there,” Hutchinson said.

Electric companies have been working effortlessly to get everyone’s power restored.

Mayor Charles Glover says crews are working around the clock to get Tyronza back to normal.

“Just take it one day at a time and take it to step by step and you’ll get through it,” he says. “We’re in the cleanup stage now and that’s the part that will be ongoing for a while.”

State Department officials were on campus Wednesday for inspections and to give advice to the school.

The Marked Tree Schools PTO hosted a school supplies drive for Tyronza Elementary School.

According to a Facebook post from the group, they collected pencils, pens, paper, and other items for returning students to use.

People can drop off items for the drive at the First United Methodist Church, 304 Frisco Street, in Marked Tree.

Please consider donating!

Posted by Marked Tree Schools PTO on Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Copyright 2019 KAIT. All rights reserved.