Wind Damage Forces Moves for S. Coffey Co. Students

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Students at South Coffey County Middle School likely won't return to their building this school year.

That word from Leroy-Gridley superintendent Mike Kastle at a special board meeting Tuesday night.

High winds early Saturday morning did major damage to the school's roofs. One gust at Gridley clocked in at 79-miles per hour. The metal roof of the school's older brick section was essentially lifted up, and bricks from that section fell onto the one-story section below, damaging that roof. It also allowed water to get inside and damage the ceiling, too.

Kastle says he has not seen any dollar figures for the damages yet, but is told the roofs must be replaced and brick work repaired on the older section. Kastle says the building is structurally sound, but it's not safe for students to be inside while the construction work is going on.

Because of that, fifth graders will move to Gridley Elementary, while the Christian Church has offered space for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Sixth graders will be in the parsonage while seventh and eighth graders will be in the church basement.

The entire district will be off Monday while staff works to set up the new areas. The insurance adjuster has hired movers to help with the process. The movers will also be bagging items from students' lockers and moving them to the new locations.

Kastle says Monday's basketball games will go on as scheduled. The middle schoolers are scheduled to be on the road. A home game later in the week will be played at the high school.