Fruitvale ISD recovering after tornadoes

Fruitvale ISD was hit hard during the April 29 series of tornadoes. Fruitvale High School was the hardest hit of the school districts in Van Zandt County.  Fruitvale received major roof damage which caused water damage to most of the classrooms and the band hall. Standing water in the school caused mold damage which also had to be removed. According to FISD Superintendent Rebecca Bain, over 300 ceiling tiles had to be replaced as well as 30 acoustic wall tiles in the band hall.

 

The damage continued on throughout the district, with other campuses sustaining damage as well. Fruitvale Junior High had water leaking at the transition of the roof, causing water damage to the girls’ varsity locker room, gym floor and restrooms. Roof damage to the district’s “old gym” caused insulation to fall and water damage on the walls, said Supt. Bain.

Supt. Bain remarked that Fruitvale ISD campuses are connected by a covered walkway, and other buildings that are used for administrative purposes were also damaged.

“Over 65 feet of walkway awning was bent, twisted, or missing. The administration building received roof damage and was buckled at one point. Structural damage caused the floor to not be level in the conference room and eventually became buckled. The floor to the restroom area was slanted. There was also cracking at bottom of the administrative building underpinning and foundation, plus going up the sides of the building where it was buckling. There was water standing in the front office where the building was cracked,” remarked Supt. Bain.

The district also lost a number of items as well, including stored textbooks that were ruined, and due to the power outage, the cafeteria lost about $600 worth of food. The district also had to deal with removal and cleanup from trees and branches fall down on fencing.

“The staff at Fruitvale ISD has been working diligently all summer to get the campus repairs done in time for the new school year. The students were able to return to school with the majority of the repairs completed with only a few cosmic items at the high school not completed. The administration building is still in need of several repairs,” stated Bain. 

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