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School districts struggle to get up and going after Ike

Several districts are back up and running now that Ike has done its damage, but thousands of east Texas teachers and students are still waiting to get back to the classroom.

As KLTV 7's Layron Livingston found out today, closing school is a tough call to make, and it's even tougher to get them open again.

What's normally cooked in the light can't be cooked in the dark - just one of many issues Arp ISD administrators are dealing with district-wide.

"We have lost the food in our walk in coolers," said Arp superintendent Toney Lowery. "Right now what we're looking at, if we don't have power back up by 2:00 pm this afternoon, we're probably going to cancel again tomorrow because we need that time to order the food for tomorrow."

A refrigerated trailer is now being packed with three campuses worth of frozen food, all to help feed hundreds of students when school doors reopen.

"Even if we get power back, if the majority of our students don't, they're not going to be able to get ready and get up here," said Lowery.

"I love being out of school." And he loves to read.

Ryan Springfield and his mom, Michelle, are at the library in Henderson. Their power's out, and so is school, for good reason.

"When you drive around and look at the damage that we received....it just makes sense," said Michelle.

Stacey Sullivan is with Henderson ISD.

"We had trees that were down out in the county that kept our bus routes from from being completed over the weekend, obviously, all of our campuses were down at one point," said Sullivan.

Today, maintenance crews are outside repairing the roof at the kindergarten campus.

Inside, staff members are working the phones and communicating with students, staff, and families.

The goal is to get students back as soon as possible, something any parent can appreciate.

"We're ready for them to get back to school," said Michelle Springfield.

Henderson ISD will be open tomorrow, and Arp ISD will be closed tomorrow. 

Several districts are back up and running now that Ike has done its damage, but thousands of east Texas teachers and students are still waiting to get back to the classroom.

As KLTV 7's Layron Livingston found out today, closing school is a tough call to make, and it's even tougher to get them open again.

 llivingston@kltv.com  

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