After an EF-2 tornado heavily damaged Brindlee Mountain Primary School Saturday, Jan. 11, the Marshall County School System has made the decision to close all three Brindlee Mountain schools this week.
“…We are so thankful and blessed that our children and staff were not at school during this tragic event,” Marshall County Schools Superintendent Dr. Wigley said in a statement released Sunday.
We spoke to Union Grove locals about the damage. Neighbors say this school is a staple in the community, and they just can’t believe the devastation. James Harbin lives just behind the school and his property was also damaged by the storm. Harbin says, “It’s a fuel point for this Union Grove area, because everybody goes there and everybody grew up there. It’s a big deal! It’s just unfortunate… I don’t think they can fix it. I really don’t.”
In her statement, Dr. Wigley explained the immediate next steps for Brindlee Mountain schools.
“School officials are working diligently to make adjustments in all three schools within the Brindlee Mountain School District in order to provide the safest possible space and accommodations for students and staff of Brindlee Mountain Primary. Efforts are being made to relocate Brindlee Mountain Primary to the middle school building of Brindlee Mountain High School, and therefore, will be contained in a separate building,” her statement read.
In order to make these adjustments, all three Brindlee Mountain schools (Primary, Elementary, and High Schools) will be closed Jan. 13-17. All extra-curricular activities will continue as scheduled. Dr. Wigley said all teachers and staff should report as directed by the local school administration.
This closure only affects the three schools; all other Marshall County Schools will remain in session and follow their regular schedules.
A special meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 13, by the Marshall County Board of Education, so an emergency can be declared and financial assistance may be requested from the State of Alabama.
Dr. Wigley thanked numerous people and organizations for their support and assistance, including Rep. Wes Kitchens, Sen. Clay Scofield, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, local churches, and area Volunteer Fire Departments. Dr. Wigley also thanked other North Alabama school systems for offering assistance.
“The Union Grove community is a strong and supportive community and will work along side us as we get through this hardship together,” Dr. Wigley said.
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