Moore schools reopening after devastating tornado

Steve Adams works at removing the slab from a home across from the Plaza Towers Elementary school in Moore, Okla., Monday, July 22, 2013. School officials in the Oklahoma city of Moore say students whose schools were destroyed in the deadly May tornado will attend classes next month in a refurbished junior high school building and a local church. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Steve Adams works at removing the slab from a home across from the Plaza Towers Elementary school in Moore, Okla., Monday, July 22, 2013. School officials in the Oklahoma city of Moore say students whose schools were destroyed in the deadly May tornado will attend classes next month in a refurbished junior high school building and a local church. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Enthusiastic teachers are being welcomed back to Moore Public Schools as the central Oklahoma community kicks off a new school year following a devastating tornado that destroyed two schools and damaged many others.

Superintendent Robert Romines welcomed hundreds of teachers back to school Monday for the 2013-2014 school year. Romines says Moore has faced many difficulties since the tornado struck 84 days ago and destroyed Briarwood Elementary and Plaza Towers Elementary.

Seven students were killed at Plaza Towers — but Romines says the school district will be stronger than ever.

Classes will resume on Friday. Officials say the district has 750 more students than were enrolled for the 2012-2013 school year.

Storms that stuck the area on May 20 and May 31 damaged 23 of 36 school sites in Moore.

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