Storms Strike Schools

Storms Strike Schools
By: Wes Wallace
(Pope Co., IL)--A week after storms hit the Heartland, some students in Southern Illinois still aren't back to school.
An F-4 tornado that smashed parts of Pope County, also caused extensive damage to the high school and elementary school buildings. Most of the problems were structural, like broken windows and a punctured roof...all of that has been patched up...but the kitchen area still isn't operational.
That's why classes have been called off until next Monday. Tuesday afternoon was the first time softball players were allowed back on the field, which is behind the high school. The bleachers and dugout also took a beating by the storms. Angela Farmer, the Assistant Superintendent for Pope County Schools, says the students will still get out for summer break on June 6th, and that she expects the state to grant them "Act of God" days, to replace the missed school days without having to make them up at the end of the school year.