FLINTVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) – Monday marked the first day South Lincoln students split their day with Flintville School students. The majority of South Lincoln K-8 School was destroyed one week ago by an EF3 tornado.
Lincoln County School leaders say they couldn’t be happier with the way parents, teachers, staff and students have come together to make a plan work for tornado-effected South Lincoln students.
“I think it has been a very smooth first day,” said Director of Schools Wanda Shelton.
Shelton says all school bus routes including those for the 9th grade Academy and Lincoln County High School ran on time.
Flintville School students ended their half-day with lunch before about 600 South Lincoln Students came in at noon to start their day with a meal at their new, temporary home.
Shelton showed up early Monday about a quarter till 6 to field questions but said she got none.
“So that is a great way to start the morning.”
Shelton says she’s so proud of the way her school stepped up to offer help to students of South Lincoln and that anyone with questions need not be shy.
“Anyone that has had a problem they just need to feel free to call here and we’ll take them on a case-by-case basis. We don’t want anyone thinking they need to work something out for themselves, we’ll try to fix it for them if we can.”
Some parents have asked when 6th, 7th or 8th grade students may be able to retrieve any salvageable items from South Lincoln lockers. One parent said her daughter had an expensive pair of running shoes in her locker:
“There’s just a lot, though, that’s not salvageable or that’s not there now so it’s not safe for us to allow students to just go in and go through those lockers – but I personally made sure it was packaged up.”
Saturday Shelton says she oversaw the inventory of remaining items inside the school. She says insurance companies and disaster relief agencies make record of every item in the school so they can’t simply be removed.
“If it is salvageable they went into the classroom, they labeled it ‘locker number 14′ – I got to watch them from the outside – they put it in a box, everything in locker 14 is labeled classroom and locker number; it’ll be placed in storage until late July or early August and we’ll hand it back to that student in the fall.”
Shelton says looking ahead to this fall, Lincoln County Schools may need to adjust their calendar by a week or two after the original school start date, but says it is completely possible all schools could start on time – even South Lincoln. Those decisions will not be made until July 1.