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Nash County Elementary School Damaged By Lightning

Posted August 18, 2003 6:11 a.m. EDT

— Eight classsrooms were damaged after lightning struck the roof of Cedar Grove Elementary School Sunday night.

Due to fire damage, 256 students had to be relocated Monday to Swift Creek Elementary.

"Swift Creek used to be a high school, so it had a couple of wings that were not being utilized, so we just moved into that section there," principal Jerry Smith said. "Things clicked and worked out really well."

"Everybody is in good spirits. They're just a little shell-shocked right now, but they're dealing with the kids and they were teaching school when I went over there," said Dr. George Norris, school system superintendent.

Officials say the school just had a new roof and paint job over the summer, but that work was destroyed. Officials say they do not know how long it will take to get the school back in operation.