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A-P looks for a new normal as school starts

PARKERSBURG (KWWL) -- Students at Aplington-Parkersburg High School started the day with an assembly near the Ed Thomas Football Field.

The school has gone through more in the last 15 months than many people experience in a lifetime. First the high school building was destroyed by the EF5 tornado in May of 2008, then legendary football coach and teacher Ed Thomas was shot in the school's temporary weightroom in June.

The school assembly included some of the usual items like backpack policies, but Principal Dave Meyer also took the time to reflect on the devastating tornado, the rebuilding process and the death of Coach Thomas. Meyer asked the students to take care of the school and take care of each other.

Before heading to their first class, students and faculty observed a moment of silence for Thomas.

"I asked them to use that Falcon pride, that integrity and character they've built over the last 15 months to start building memories here in this new building," Meyer said.

Now students and faculty are hoping to establish a new sense of normalcy in their new school building.

"It will take time to get back to normal. Our school's not done yet, there is construction going on. But, it will slowly keep going forward," Senior Jimmy Clark said.

The academic wing is open, but other parts of the school are still under construction. Meyers says the $19 million project should be completed by late October or early November.


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