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Phil Campbell students to spend back-to-school day in churches

The new school building is nearly complete, but not yet at a point to receive students. (Source: WAFF) The new school building is nearly complete, but not yet at a point to receive students. (Source: WAFF)
PHIL CAMPBELL, AL (WAFF) -

Students in Phil Campbell will head back to school on Friday. But the new high school isn't quite complete, forcing school leaders to enlist the help of the local community.

Mountain View Baptist Church is one of three local churches who've opened their doors to Phil Campbell High School.

For the first few weeks of school, students and staff will operate out of temporary classrooms while construction crews put the finishing touches on their new state-of the art facility.

It's been a little more than three years since an EF-5 tornado destroyed parts of the old school, forcing students and teachers into mobile units while they anxiously awaited the construction of a new school.

Until then, teachers said they're ready to get the school year started and can't wait to move into the new building.

"I think it will work out great," said high school teacher Jonathan King. "We've probably been through the worst of it in the trailers, so we can manage three weeks in a church if we've managed three years in trailers."

Students like Skyler Sutherland and Cameron Reynoso are examples of how resilient the students of Phil Campbell are.

"There's been a lot of changes on and off, going to school at the college and then the trailers," Sutherland said.

"It's messed us up a little bit, but we've adapted to it and hopefully we'll be back in the new school building soon," Reynoso added.

District leaders expect the school to be completed and ready for students after Labor Day.

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