Northridge Schools resume classes after tornadoes delay construction

Published: Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 4:28 AM
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 6:59 AM

Harrison Township was one of the areas greatly affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes, which pushed back the start of the school year for students in the Northridge Local School District.

Harrison Township was one of the areas greatly affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes, which pushed back the start of the school year for students in the Northridge Local School District. 

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This morning, News Center 7’s Gabrielle Enright was at Northridge schools to discuss the district’s much-delayed first day of classes. 

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Northridge Schools Superintendent David Jackson said that although the tornadoes did not strike the new building, relief and recovery efforts slowed the progress of construction, pushing back the first day of school. This delay was on top of a previous delay due to the $55 million construction of a new 250,000-square-foot school building. 

Classes this year begin today, and will close June 12. 

Students started their day with some extra encouragement in the form of letters from people across the Miami Valley, including letters for the 245 staff members. The goal was to have a letter for all 1,500 students when classes resumed today. 

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In addition, Enright discussed how residents of tornado-damaged areas could have their property taxes reduced for next year. 

The Montgomery County Auditor’s Office will have mobile assistance centers this week in Brookville and Old North Dayton to help people fill out the paperwork. 

The centers will be at the Brookville Branch Library today from 4-6 p.m. and at the Burkhardt Branch Tuesday at the same time. 

After applying for tax relief, a county official will come reassess the value of the home, and lower the price and taxes if there is tornado damage. Officials can then reassess the home once repairs are made and restore the value.