PARK CITY, Tenn.(WHNT)-The announcement confirming that South Lincoln Elementary will resume classes at another campus next week is welcome news for students and parents in this tornado-ravaged community, many of whom did not want the school year to abruptly end.
South Lincoln students are hoping for a sense of normalcy to return next week when they restart at nearby Flintville Elementary. Administrators have negotiated an arrangement that will allow Flintville students to attend in the morning hours and South Lincoln Students in the afternoon. The school year is set to end in three weeks.
One South Lincoln student we talked to said the last few days had been a blur after the deadly tornado just missed his family’s home Monday evening.
“It’s definitely different from what everybody was expecting it to be,” said 14-year-old Noah Edwards, an 8th grader at South Lincoln. ” We had all kinds of 8th grade dances, 8th grade trips. Different stuff everybody had already planned to go on for the end of the year…I would of course like to spend my last school year there with my classmates. Get to hang out with everybody else a little bit more.”
The standardized TCAP tests for all South Lincoln Elementary students will proceed next week. The fate of the South Lincoln building remains unknown after the vast majority of the facility suffered substantial damage from the tornado.