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Oklahoma tornadoes: Schools cope with aftermath of storms

Two Oklahoma school districts are ending the year early after storms damaged school buildings and tore through neighborhoods.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND and DARLA SLIPKE Published: May 26, 2011

Guthrie schools have closed for the remainder of the school year and the state Education Board will consider Thursday morning whether to forgive the three missed days, Simpson said.

The roofs of Guthrie High School and Guthrie Upper Elementary School were rolled back and an athletic weight training facility was demolished, Simpson said. He said several portable classrooms near the Upper Elementary School were destroyed.

Students can come to their schools from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Friday to collect belongings, get report cards and say goodbye to teachers for the summer, Simpson said.

None of the school buildings in El Reno were damaged and the final day of school went as planned Wednesday despite a major tornado in the area.

Washington Public Schools were not damaged by the tornado that hit the Goldsby community, Superintendent A.J. Brewer said. The schools closed for summer last week.

Several graduation ceremonies planned for Tuesday night in the Oklahoma City area were canceled.

Yukon High School will hold its graduation at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Jim Norick State Fair Arena. Two schools will hold graduations Thursday at the Cox Convention Center: Southeast High School at 6 p.m. and U.S. Grant High School at 8 p.m.