Phil Campbell students to return to classes at area churches


Phil Campbell High School administrators and teachers ready for students at Phil Church of God.

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PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – Since April 27, 2011, students at Phil Campbell High School have rolled with the punches they were dealt when an EF-5 tornado wiped out their school.

Three years later, students and teachers are taking yet another challenge in stride as school gets ready to start back on Friday.

In the hot-blazing sun of an Alabama summer, construction workers are rushing to complete construction of Phil Campbell High School.

With two days left before students return to classes, teachers are rushing to get their rooms and assignments ready.  But this year is sort of non-traditional.

“At this point we think at all three churches, we think, we’re sure, we have a plan that’s going to work for everybody,” school principal Gary Odom said.

Three churches in Phil Campbell have opened their doors to grades 7-12 to get the school year started.

Odom said despite their best efforts, construction workers were not able to get the school ready for the start of the school year.  But Odom said he applauds the teachers and students for rolling with the changes.

“We have three weeks of just different kind of school, but we are going to have school. They are going to get the things they need to get and it’s just going to be different.”

Odom said the goal is to be in the new school when students return from the Labor Day holiday on September 2.

Franklin County School System leaders say although they are not ready to move in right now, construction is still six to eight months ahead of schedule.

A final occupancy inspection of the school is scheduled for the last week of August.

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