ORRICK, Mo. - When students in Orrick, Mo., start the new school year later in August, it will be a huge triumph for the entire Orrick community.
Last May, an EF-2 tornado destroyed 200 homes in Orrick and tore the roof off of the school building. School was canceled early and graduation was held in Excelsior Springs.
Residents tell us the re-building and re-opening the school is a victory for the community.
During the summer, students, parents, residents, businesses and construction workers renovated the school. They cleaned up debris and replaced the roof.
The renovations are not finished. Some projects will still be underway when students go back to class.
School district leaders said those projects should not interfere with students.
School officials made a deliberate decision to renovate the existing school instead of build a new school.
"Anytime anything of this magnitude happens it's always best to get kids back to their regular routine, get kids back to what their used to. Coming here, they're used to being here," Aerin O'Dell, Orrick Public School Superintendent, said.