Norris Begins Cleanup

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Much of Norris School is rubble.

“It’s a mess. The ceiling is down, walls down,” said teacher Doug Malone.

The effort to rebuild the school is already underway.

“Experts who deal with this kind of disaster are being brought in from all over the country to get a handle on various aspects of mitigating the damage here,” said school superintendent Roy Baker.

Most people aren’t allowed back in the buildings but many teachers and students are at the school everyday helping clean up outside.

It’s pretty amazing to see how much has gotten done over the past couple of days. It still looks a mess but there is so much that has already been done,” said senior Hannah Helmink.

Damage is estimated at about $15 million. Baker says they hope to have the building back to normal in 10 to 12 months. Elementary students could be back in by fall.

“It’s becoming clearer and clearer that we are going to have to find an alternate location for at least high school students and possibly a grade or two of middle school,” said Baker.

A massive clean up effort will get underway this Friday May 28th from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is no parking at the school. Busses will leave all day from Panama Café, Firth Community Center, Cortland Community Center and Hickman Jack and Jill.

All volunteers are asked to wear closed toe shoes and gloves. They are also asked to bring buckets.