August 2nd, 2012
06:04 AM ET

Indiana school devastated by tornado reopens

By John Martin, CNN

(CNN) – When principal Troy Albert saw the destruction of Henryville Junior-Senior High School last March, he thought it would be two years before the building would be ready for his students.

But when they start school on August 7, his students will be returning to a newly renovated building – just five months after an EF-4 tornado tore through town and ripped through the school.

Read about the tornado that devastated Henryville: One day there was a town; the next day it was gone

A month after the tornado, students returned to classes, but not in their damaged school. Instead, they finished the 2011-2012 school year in a makeshift facility in an industrial building ten miles away.

Teachers were allowed to come back into the building for planning on August 2, five months to the day from the tornado’s devastation.

The school district has scheduled a community open house for Sunday.

School principal Troy Albert said, “It's just going to be a really emotional setting, I think. I think people will be glad at what they see."

In the video above, you’ll see some of the damage to the school, and the efforts to rebuild.

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