Hackleburg School On The Way To Recovery

Posted on: 8:19 pm, February 22, 2013, by , updated on: 10:30pm, February 22, 2013

HACKLEBURG, Ala. (WHNT) – As the two-year anniversary approaches of the deadly tornado outbreak of April 2011, life is still not back to normal for some towns.

Dozens of singlewide trailers all in a row, now make up Hackleburg High School.

“It`s a nice facility but it’s nothing you really want to stay in for a long period of time,” said Hackleburg Police Chief, Kenny Hallmark.

It’s a stark contrast from the school that once sat just across the street.

The tornado that ripped through the area on April 27th, 2011, demolished that building.

“At first I didn`t think it would bother them that much, I figured it would affect the community, or the people who had been in school more than it did the kids, but now it`s starting to affect the kids,” said Hallmark.

While the school`s under construction, there`s still no where for student athletes to play their games.   Students must travel for every event, which some people say is also taking a toll on the school community.

“That`s something this town is built on is the pride of their school and athletic teams and its beginning to weigh on them,” said Hallmark.

Finally, heavy equipment sets, ready to run.  When the weather cooperates, dirt is getting moved for the town’s new school complex.

“It’s kinda picked the spirits up , once the building starts going up,  I think that will help the spirits also for the people in town, but its been a long time coming,” said Hallmark.

While the wet ground has delayed progress crews expect to have the school built from ground up in the next year and a half.

Bids for the sports complex went out Friday.  All other construction bids have been approved.