For students in tornado-ravaged town, back-to-school will be 'new normal'

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Two elementary schools — Plaza Towers and Briarwood — were leveled in the May 20 twister, a rare high intensity storm that claimed 25 lives, including those of seven third-grade students who were hunkered down with their teacher.

“If you would have asked me, would we still be standing here today, I would have had my doubts,” Supt. Robert Romines said Monday.

“We are faced with a new normal. That new normal is about moving forward, rebuilding and doing what we need to do for this community, with the understanding that we won’t forget May 20.”

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