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After damaging storms, Sageville school preps for new school year

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

There's not much time left till the first day of school at Sageville Elementary in Dubuque.

Teachers and staff are prepping, getting things back in order. "We had to get new school supplies, some books, construction paper. All kinds of things," said Julie Wollinborg, 3rd grade teacher.

Back in May, a storm swept through the school ripping off its roof and damaging classrooms. It was the second damaging storm to hit the school in recent years. "The water just came rushing in from everywhere. We were probably walking on at least two inches of water on this top floor," said Jean McDonald, Sageville principal.

All summer long crews have been working diligently repairing the roof and installing a new ceiling. "There were over 600 ceiling tiles that were damaged in the entire building, so the district was very busy trying to get all these replaced. The biggest work was in our two third grade classrooms and music classroom," added McDonald.

The carpeting was soaked -- now there's a brand new one. Everything is almost back to normal, as if the storm never hit, but there are still a few things that need to be taken care of. 

If the school mascot is any indication, Sageville will be ready come next week. "Well, our mascot is Sageville Storm, which ironically, I guess you can look at that piece of storm is strong and we found out Sageville is as strong as it can be," McDonald said.

The work left to complete is minor, so it won't impact the start of the school year for the 300 students.

Administrators say after the storm the school received a lot of support from the community, which made the damage easier to deal with.

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