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Cleanup efforts get Sageville Elementary ready for students

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Staff at Sageville Elementary School in Dubuque have been hard at work since Saturday cleaning up after powerful storms ripped the roof off.

Principal Jean McDonald said portions of the school had at least one inch of standing water.

But thanks to tireless efforts from the staff and an army of volunteers, McDonald says they're ready for students to return Tuesday morning.

"If you would've told me Saturday night, you're going to be able to hold school next week, I would've said no way," she said.

A number of ceiling tiles are missing throughout the school, and two classrooms will be out of commission due to extensive damage.

"Two third grade classrooms pretty much need to be taken apart, carpet ripped up. I think some of the cabinetry is warped. Curriculum material will have to be purchased," McDonald said.

Most rooms will be used normally, she added.

She also said that although a decent amount of roof remained laying around the grounds late Tuesday, McDonald said recess periods outside won't be impacted, either.

Much of the damage was done to a portion of the school that was renovated just four years ago.

And while McDonald says that's a tough pill to swallow, she's been encouraged by the outpouring of support.

"It means the world to me. I just think it's amazing. It says a lot about our school district and community," she said.

Staff will be outside to greet students as they return Wednesday morning. They'll also hold a short assembly to tell the students about the damage.

School officials are still working on an estimate for the total amount of damage.

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