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Flintville, South Lincoln Elem. schools to split schedule for remainder of year

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South Lincoln Elementary was damaged by a tornado Monday. South Lincoln Elementary was damaged by a tornado Monday.
FAYETTEVILLE, TN (WAFF) -

Lincoln County Schools are trying to get their kids back into class following Monday's tornado, which damaged two buildings.

Flintville Elementary and South Lincoln Elementary will split morning and afternoon sessions under one roof. District leaders said around 1,100 students will have to make the change.

Leaders said Flintville will attend the morning session in their own building, and South Lincoln students will be bused in and attend an afternoon session.

Lincoln County Schools has about 15 days left on their calendar to complete. The district will provide childcare for families that are either unable to drop off or pick up students halfway through the school day.

The focus now, they said, is getting teaching materials out of the tornado-damaged classrooms.

"Our South Lincoln teachers are going to be allowed to go in late this afternoon and Saturday morning to remove their personal possessions," said Director Dr. Wanda Shelton. "We're fortunate to have a company that will come in and box up each of the classrooms, label them for the teachers. We've rented a storage building; they will be stored, and when school starts in the fall, we'll put them right back in their classrooms."

The insurance company for the school has taken their report. The campus is in the process of being secured, and leaders said construction on a new building will start soon. The campus, while not a complete loss, has some $2-million in damage. Insurance will cover construction and repair costs.

District officials said they are constantly updating staff and making sure everyone is on the same page as they move towards rebuilding.

"We have to grieve a little bit over the 20-plus classrooms that lost virtually everything," Dr. Shelton said.

Volunteers are coming in by the busload, as property owners said they're going to need their help for weeks if they ever want to clear all the debris and devastation.

A group of teenagers from central Tennessee arrived Thursday to start helping. Those are the kinds of stories taking place in Lincoln County, and storm victims said they can't believe the outpouring of support.

School leaders, however, said they are holding off on taking on volunteers until individuals get the help they need.

"Out here in the county most people know their neighbors and help, but there's not enough neighbors to help," said volunteer Jerry Tucker.

"We've almost been overwhelmed by the outpouring of community support," said Dr. Shelton. "We've had schools from all over the United States asking us what they can do for us."

School officials will send out an alert next week with more information on how people can help the school system repair and rebuild.

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