May’s tornadoes in Oklahoma were among the most severe in recent memory. This fact was emphasized again when state officials announced that as many as 56 school sites were damaged between May 19 and 31.
Three sites were destroyed in Moore, as was the El Reno campus of the Canadian Valley Technology Center. Numerous Moore school sites were hit on both May 20 and May 31.
In El Reno, seven sites were damaged with three elementary schools now temporarily closed because softball-sized hail destroyed roofs. Mid-Del Schools had 22 sites damaged. Moss Public Schools and Crutcho Public Schools experienced flooding.
The tally shows just how daunting the rebuilding process will be in the weeks ahead. The only glimmer of sunshine is that the districts have the summer break to rebuild before the regular school year starts again.