ALTON, IL (KTVI)- It is a very special first day back at school today for students and staff at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in Alton. Students and staff returned to the school on State Street Tuesday for the start of the school year after they were forced out of the building late last year because of structural problems.
The school principal Harry Cavanaugh says the heavy rains last December were simply too much for the school`s drainage system to handle.
The torrential downpours caused serious foundation problems at the school and led to a major crack that spread over all three floors.
Because of that damage, the students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade attended classes for the second semester of last school year at Mark Twain Elementary in Alton.
Mark Twain is a vacant elementary school in the Alton district.
But now repairs have now been made to the school here and the building is once again ready for students and staff. Today is a shortened day at the school- classes started at 7:55 a.m. and the students are dismissed at 10 a.m.
Then tomorrow things really get rolling with a full day.
There are 75 students enrolled at the school.