Power Beginning to Return to Some Tornado Damaged Dallas Schools

L.P. Phillips
October 23, 2019 - 3:46 pm

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Most of the Dallas schools that were damaged in one of Sunday's tornados are flickering back to life.

Classes had been canceled at "George Bannerman Dealey Montessori, Edward H. Cary, Benjamin Franklin, and Francisco "Pancho" Medrano middle schools, Hillcrest High School, and Kramer and Jose "Joe" May elementary schools." according to a statement on the Dallas Independent School District website.

That changed by mid-afternoon.

"We now have power at Medrano and Joe May. We now have power at Hillcrest and Franklin," said Michael Hinojosa, superintendent of Dallas schools. He expects power to be restored at Pershing, Dealey and Kramer schools by morning.

Students from Thomas Jefferson High School started class Wednesday morning at Edison Middle School, about nine miles away.

Thomas Jefferson High School was damaged in the tornado Sunday night. The school will not need to be demolished, but Massey says the school will need construction before it is safe for students and teachers to return.

"We're going to get them in class just like the first day of school, but there will also be those opportunities like the first day of school to talk about what they experienced," said Principal Sandi Massey.

Other makeshift arrangements seemed to be holding. At the Loos Fieldhouse, three different elementary schools set up class.

"Actually the instruction was very genuine," said Hinojosa. "Students were sitting in circles. They didn't have chairs but they were sitting on carpets. They were with their teachers."

Some of the schools are beyond repair. Edward Cary school is expected to be demolished because of severe damage.

Alan Scaia contributed to this story.