Roof ripped off S&S school

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

SOUTHMAYD, Tex. -- High winds caused the roof at S&S Elementary in Southmayd to be ripped off. It looked like a scroll being peeled off the top of the building. The damage only affected the center part of the building, where second and third grade classes meet, and where the offices were located.

School officials canceled classes at the Elementary School for the rest of the week. Classes will resume on Monday.

"We have extensive damage on the middle building at the elementary school," said Bill Gentzel, S&S superintendent. "We're looking at a major project to fix it. This building here probably won't be opened up until school starts next year."

Witnesses say they heard the wind near the school, as the rain caused little visibility.

"Five minutes into the rain I saw this white sheet fly up---and I realized it was the roof," said Mario Lopez, who lives about a block from the school.

Power lines were also down in most of Southmayd, and most of the power was out, too.


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  • by Beth Location: Mother of S on May 8, 2007 at 05:42 PM
    I'm glad no one was hurt and I know the school district is doing its best to get things in order. With all the damage and decision to be made I know they are doing what is best for our kids. If my kids are out for a day or three it doesn't matter to me as long as everyone is safe....
  • by Question Location: Southmayd on May 8, 2007 at 03:02 PM
    I'm wondering what's going on. First i hear no classes the rest of the year. Then i look at kxii site and it says none the rest of the week then watch the video and it says classes will resume tomorrow. When in the world are we going to know when to put them on the bus and where will they be?Please see tonight's updated story 'S&S gets help from a neighbor'. We apologize for the confusion. -KXII Staff
  • by parent of student @ S Location: Sherman on May 8, 2007 at 12:17 PM
    I'm wondering do we put our kids on the bus to go to school tomorrow, or wait to see where the school plans on busing part of the kids to.
  • by parent Location: southmayd on May 8, 2007 at 11:32 AM
    I wonder where the students will finish the school year?
  • by kayla Wilson on May 8, 2007 at 11:21 AM
    hey steve you need the education. you want to go to class.
  • by Anonymous Location: sherman on May 8, 2007 at 10:30 AM
    this is to leisha... come on.. use your head.. it's nature not the builders.. we live in tornado alley... and it's spring time.. so that comment is a little bit ridiculous! I'm glad that no one was hurt!!
  • by olivia wiley Location: sherman on May 8, 2007 at 10:09 AM
    that's some scary stuff
  • by Parent Location: Southmayd on May 8, 2007 at 09:23 AM
    I wonder where S
  • by Mary-Beth Location: Antlers Oklahoma on May 8, 2007 at 09:21 AM
    I thought that that storm was bad for some towns but it hardly did anything near here. The most that it did was rain and it got a little windy. But other than that we were ok.
  • by Jasmine Location: Sherman on May 8, 2007 at 09:19 AM
    Well its no the schools fault that the roofs are being tour off it is the high winds that are doing it.
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