Oklahoma City, Okla. - 56 Oklahoma public schools, as well as the campus of the Canadian Valley Vo-Tech Center in El Reno, took some kind of damage or were completely destroyed by the series of tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area during the past 3 weeks.
It will take millions of dollars and many months, perhaps years, to fully recover and rebuild.
Nobody knows that better than Dr. C.J. Huff, the superintendent for the Joplin School District in Missouri, which is still in the process of rebuilding school sites a full two years after the devastating tornado there.
Huff actually drove down to Moore and gave a pep talk to Moore teachers a few days after the May 20th tornado.
"We can rebuild buildings, that's not the issue," Huff said. "It's about taking care of the people that are here in Moore, Oklahoma, taking care of the children, taking care of the families, and I can tell you based on what I've seen in the short time I've been here, this is a community that's deeply committed to its children and their well-being."
In a news release, state officials said Moore Public Schools completely lost Briarwood and Plaza Towers elementary schools and its technology center.
Also, they say Highland East Junior High School and the administration building in Moore both sustained major damage, with the administration building rendered uninhabitable. Administrative staff is currently working out of the Moore High School Media Center.
20 more schools in Moore suffered damage in a tornado that hit on May 31st.
Elsewhere, all 7 school sites in El Reno took damage from a huge tornado that hit El Reno on May 31st.
The Mid-Del School District has damage at 22 sites.
Besides the tornadoes, damaging hail, some as large as softball-size, did a tremendous amount of damage to roofs and windows at school buildings.