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Moving day for Aplington-Parkersburg

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by John Wilmer

PARKERSBURG (KWWL) -- Another school year brings changes to the Aplington-Parkersburg School District. The high school was destroyed by an EF5 tornado on May 25th of last year. Since then, this community and a number of construction companies from all over the state have worked to build a bigger and better school.

It was all for one and one for all at the new Aplington - Parkersburg High School. More than a hundred students gave up one of their last days of summer to help their teachers move into the new school.

 "We are trying to make it home. I mean we've been through a lot of different schools, but it's big, it's new, it's awesome. I think we're ready to get started," said Sophomore Tiffany Frey.

The school was built in a little more than a year's time. School officials give a lot of credit to the hardworking construction crews.

"To say I'm impressed would be an understatement. I'm just amazed by the effort by the construction company to good will we have found from our neighbors helping us out, so yes I'm amazed and pleased and we're right on track," said Superintendent Jon Thompson.

The new school will have a state of the art media center, two gymnasiums, a performing arts center and a number of other amenities that have students talking.

"The commons is pretty cool and the weight room downstairs is huge so that's pretty sweet too," said Senior Stanley Tuve.

"The hallways are a lot bigger. That's going to be nice because last year it was really cramped," said Senior Alex Hornbuckle.

"I think we've responded to this just like any small town in Iowa would have so we're just proud to be Iowans and were standing up and cleaning ourselves off and moving forward, just like our entire state would," Thompson said.

The gymnasium and auditorium will not be complete when school starts next week. Construction crews hope to have them finished by the end of October.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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