Van Buskirk classrooms now open after monsoon storm damage - Tucson News Now

Van Buskirk classrooms now open after monsoon storm damage

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Teachers at a southside school that was damaged by a monsoon storm this summer are seeing their classrooms for the first time.

Van Buskirk Elementary School suffered heavy damage in late July when storms ripped off part of the roof and flooded several classrooms, all just days before the first day of school.

Classes were moved into other parts of the building, but now teachers are getting closer to getting back into their classrooms.

Wind had torn off the roof and rainwater was flowing into classrooms and down the hallway two months ago.

Friday, school staff got their first chance to see their repaired and refurbished wing.

Twelve classrooms were unveiled.

For two months, students and teachers from this particular wing have been in the library, the teachers lounge, any place that could double as a classroom. Teachers had huge smiles Friday, and even tears of joy on their faces.

"This is the first time we've actually been in here, we've actually seen it. So we are happy [and] very excited," Van Buskirk Principal Sandra Thiffault said. "Two months is a long time to be without 12 classrooms."

On Saturday, Sept. 28, teachers, staff and volunteers will converge on Van Buskirk to move everything back into the classrooms, including desks, chairs and teaching materials to get everything back to normal.

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