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Phil Campbell High prepares for grand re-opening

Contractors told Superintendent Gary Williams the school will be ready shortly after the start of the school year. (Source: WAFF) Contractors told Superintendent Gary Williams the school will be ready shortly after the start of the school year. (Source: WAFF)
PHIL CAMPBELL, AL (WAFF) -

 The road to recovery has been long for teachers and students at Phil Campbell High School. But that road is near an end, as the Bobcat family will soon have a new school to call home.

An EF-5 tornado destroyed most of Phil Campbell, including the high school, in April 2011. After nearly three years of waiting, the new campus is near completion.

As soon as school dismissed for the summer, crews quickly removed the mobile units that had been used as temporary classrooms. Now, all that stands between the students and their new school is about two months of work.

Superintendent Gary Williams said the winter weather caused some delays earlier this year, but they are now back on track. Unfortunately, the doors won't be open when school begins in August, but staff and students will not have to wait long.

"The contractors tell us after Labor Day we should be able to be in the building," said Williams. "That's not a hundred percent, but hopefully. We've made arrangements with some area churches to put a couple of grades in each church, and we'll be okay there. We'll still be able to have school; when the school is actually finished and complete, we'll be able to move in."

Williams said Northwest Shoals offered their campus to them, but it would only be available to them for one week before classes start back. School leaders felt starting school in area churches will allow everyone to stay in one place and only make one move - into their new building.

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