(WBIR-Dandridge) On a rainy day, much like the one East Tennessee experienced on Sunday, a roof collapse destroyed a portion of the Jefferson County High School (JCHS) building.
According to JCHS Director of Facilities, Michael Phagan, they are still trying to determine the best way to fix it.
The roof of Building 8, which housed vocational studies, buckled in July due to heavy rain and rust. After clearing the debris, crews have left the building alone.
The roof collapse destroyed teacher Billie Yardley's classroom. In November, she won the title of Kathie Lee and Hoda's Today Show Teacher of the Year.
"Whenever she started back this year she was one of the teachers pushing around a cart. She had all her supplies on it, just rolling throughout the halls," said Jake Boatman, a senior at JCHS.
Boatman said this school year has been full of changes for the school, built in the mid-70s. JCHS is undergoing $25 million in renovations, which started this summer.
"It's been pretty hectic seeing this year compared to the past three years that I've been here. We seem to be overcrowded because we have an entire section of our school shut down, Pod 2," he said.
Phagan told 10News Pod 2, which houses the science wing, is on track to be completed by Jan. 6. The Media Center is not on track to be done by the time school is back in session.
All five pods will eventually be renovated.
"They have the construction going on in the middle of the campus. So you have to go all the way around and it's not fun," said Alex Vest, a JCHS junior.
Vest went on to say, "School's school and you have to go through it. Gotta make the best of it."
According to Phagan, they have not set a timeline for repairs to Building 8, where the roof collapsed.
The full project is tentatively expected to be completed by July 2015.