MOORE — Two Moore elementary schools that were destroyed in the May 20 tornado will be rebuilt “bigger and better” for the 2014-15 school year, incoming school district Superintendent Robert Romines said Thursday.
Plaza Towers and Briarwood elementary schools will be rebuilt at their present locations, said Romines, who takes over as superintendent Monday. Safe rooms and safe hallways are planned.
Students from the schools will attend classes at alternate locations in the upcoming school year, Romines said at a news conference.
Plaza Towers students will relocate to Central Junior High, and Briarwood students will move down the street to Emmaus Baptist Church.
Highland East Junior High was also damaged. Classes will continue there as planned Aug. 16 after roof and water damage is fixed. Highland's gymnasium was destroyed and will be reconstructed over the next school year.
The schools have received donations from across the state and the country, including backpacks, tissues and hand sanitizer.
Susan Pierce, the retiring superintendent, also spoke at the news conference. Her plans to retire were not related to the recent storms. She announced her retirement in the spring.
“I'm so proud and thankful to be a part of Moore Public Schools, and I will continue to be a part during my retirement,” Pierce said. “I'll just find another way to do it, being the best volunteer they've ever had.”