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Officials say they will rebuild tornado-damaged school

Officials in a Mississippi city say they will seek to rebuild a tornado-damaged school campus that housed an alternative school.

Columbus Superintendent Cherie Labat tells local media the district will rebuild the former Hunt High School, which housed the district’s alternative school.

The campus lost its roof and upstairs classrooms in Saturday’s storm.

The Columbus Success Academy, as the alternative school is known, has been relocated to Columbus High School. Labat says the district is talking to insurers about paying for repairs

Hunt was the city’s segregated high school for African-Americans before Columbus schools integrated in 1971. A museum dedicated to the school’s history is also regrouping after the tornado.

Mississippi officials say flooding and tornadoes have damaged more than 650 buildings and 400 roads and bridges.


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