Beech Grove schools turn down donations to fix tornado-damaged high school

Classrooms at Beech Grove High School were heavily damaged by last weekend's tornado. (WTHR photo)

BEECH GROVE, Ind. (WTHR) - School officials in Beech Grove say they don't need donations to fix their high school.

Beech Grove High School was damaged by a tornado that blew through the area Saturday night. Large sections of the roof were torn off the building, leaving classrooms inside soaking wet.

But the district said in a Facebook post that their insurance company will cover all of the repair costs for the school, so they don't need money raised to help them out. The post said there have been several fundraisers started for the school, but the district can't accept the money.

Good morning, Hornets! We have begun to see a few fundraisers advertised to benefit Beech Grove High School. While we...

Posted by Beech Grove City Schools on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Instead, school officials ask that any money raised through fundraisers for the school be donated to members of the Beech Grove community that need help recovering from the tornado.

The district thanked those who had reached out to support the district as it tries to get the high school ready for next school year.

"Our Hornet families and community are awesome and it has touched our hearts that so many want to assist to help our beloved Beech Grove High School. We are grateful, blessed, and thankful for all of you!" the post read.

Superintendent Dr. Paul Kaiser told Eyewitness News the district will start classes as scheduled on July 31 "in some capacity," noting portable classrooms and e-learning as possible options.