Aerial footage clearly shows tornado damage to Murphy High School. The roof is torn off the band building, a chunk of the auditorium roof is gone, and six portable classrooms are leveled. Other buildings on campus appear to be untouched. But, what you can't see is what's forcing students to move to another school. "Basically some of our roofs lifted up and sat right back down, so looking at the building it looks intact..where actually the roof system has become attached from the wall structures", said Facilities Director Tommy Sheffield.
So Murphy High School Students will transfer to Clark Shaw Magnet School. With a current enrollment of 750, it can accommodate 12-hundred students plus, 50 trailers will be brought on campus. Even though Clark Shaw is a middle school, Superintendent Martha Peek says it's a good fit. "It was Shaw high school at one time. It has locker room facilities. It has a high school basketball court. It even has an area that was used for career technical education", said Peek.
Peek adds middle and high school students will remain separate. They will share common areas, but not at the same time.
Clark Shaw students return to school as scheduled next week. Murphy students will begin the following week on a staggered schedule. "So we can orient the students, the Murphy students coming to the campus..show them where classrooms will be and get them settled rather than bring all 23 hundred students on campus at one time", said Peek.
Sifting through the tornado debris, Murphy students and teachers are eager to fix what's broken. But, the damage is more extensive than first thought, about 10 million dollars worth. "So, we'll say that that Murphy will be housed as a minimum until next school year", said Sheffield.
"But, we know that wherever the Murphy students are that the Murphy...that Panther pride will be there..and then we will make sure that we make that transition quick and get them back on campus with a school facility they can be proud of", said Peek.