Students from damaged schools being shuffled

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Many of the nearly 1,000 students displaced from two schools near Lafayette by severe storm damage in November are expected to be out of temporary locations for next school year.

Tippecanoe School Corp. officials are planning to return Mintonye Elementary School classes to that repaired building in the fall, but the neighboring Southwestern Middle School won’t be ready.

Mintonye’s students and sixth-graders from Southwestern have been at a former school owned by a church.

Superintendent Scott Hanback tells the Journal & Courier and WLFI-TV that plans are to move the sixth-graders to another elementary school that’s being expanded in order to save those lease payments.

Hanback says rebuilding work is expected to begin soon on Southwestern Middle School, which had part of its roof torn off in the storm. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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