A tornado violently ripped through Arkansas last week, killing at least 14 people and destroying much of Vilonia, a small town about 30 miles north of Little Rock. Damage in Vilonia, also the site of a 2011 tornado, included a newly constructed, $12 million intermediate school set to open in the fall.
The new building was funded by a voter-approved property-tax hike that also helped pay for tornado safe rooms in other schools, according to the district’s website.
Also hit by the tornado last week was Mayflower, Ark., where a pipeline burst last year, pouring thousands of gallons of crude oil into a subdivision.
A version of this article appeared in the May 07, 2014 edition of Education Week as Tornado Destroys School Set to Open in the Fall