LAKELAND, Fla. — Teachers, staff and administrators at Kathleen Middle School continue to work toward reopening on Monday.
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Officials had initially targeted a Wednesday reopening but more work was necessary to reopen the school after a tornado damaged the facilty last Friday night.
Teachers will be on hand Thursday setting up their new classrooms after a dozen portable classrooms were delivered to the campus to be the new learning home for several teachers and students the rest of this school year.
With students returning to class next week - teachers only have a few days to setup their portables.
Polk schools will have administrators here to help teachers with what they need. And starting next week crisis counselors will be at the school.
Principal Sheila Gregory said because several homes were also damaged by the tornado it’s hard to say how many students will show up Monday, and what their needs will be to get back on their feet.
Computer labs and offices were also affected. The historic building on campus that was damaged by the tornado is where the eighth grade classrooms were housed.
Those classes will be held in portable classrooms.
The rest of the buildings on campus remained in good condition.