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Superintendent: Classes will open in the fall at WDCHS

The commons area of Wadena-Deer Creek High School is in shambles, but school leaders say they will be ready to teach on the first day of school this fall. Where will have to be determined, because the high school was heavily damaged by the tornado Thursday.

There will be classes for Wadena-Deer Creek High School students this fall, but they probably won't be in the current high school.

Ravaged by a tornado with pieces of the community center still lying on top of it, the building is unlikely to be ready for students this fall. But WDC Superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom said Saturday they will be ready to teach students on day one.

"We are planning to start on the first day of school," Dahlstrom said.

Engineers are currently assessing the damage to the high school, Dahlstrom said, but everyone is assuming the building isn't a viable option at this point.

Dahlstrom said school leaders will look at all options for housing the students, including the recently closed St. Ann's School, the Deer Creek school and M State's campus, although damage at M State is worse than originally believed, and that building might need a new roof.

Wherever it may be, school officials vowed they'll be ready.

"There will be school at WDC," said Ann Pate, Wadena-Deer Creek school board chairwoman.