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Storm-damaged TUSD school will start new school year on time

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Van Buskirk Elementary School will be open on time for the new school year even though it suffered heavy damage in Friday's monsoon storm.

That's the word from the Tucson Unified School District.

Wind tore off huge chunks of the roof of the school that's on Fair Street, west of Park Avenue.

Monday large pieces of roofing material were still suspended high up in the school's trees.

The wind blew debris all over the ground and the parking lot in front of the school too.

With the roof gone, rainwater poured into several classrooms.

Still, TUSD says everything is on track to be as normal as possible when its schools, including Van Buskirk, start the new school year this week.

However, at Van Buskirk there will be a few changes to accommodate the situation.

"They will be ready and we will have school there on Thursday. There will be registration tomorrow (Tuesday) as planned at the school and then on Thursday classes will be held, but not all of them will be held in the affected classrooms. Those will be closed off. They won't be occupied until all repairs have been done and so they'll hold classes in other parts of the school," says TUSD spokesperson Cara Rene.

"That's just very temporary, just until all the repairs are made to make sure that everybody is safe and that it's an appropriate learning environment," Rene adds.

Other work crews also are fixing damage in the surrounding area.

Tucson Electric Power crews were at the scene Monday finishing up the final repairs on about a dozen power pole that toppled in the storm.

Workers have replaced the snapped wooden power poles with metal poles.

The trees that were toppled across the street from the school haven't been cleaned up yet.

They crushed a chain link fence that runs next to them, and that still has to be repaired.

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