Two South-Western City Schools facilities suffered major damage after "hurricane-force winds" blew in, causing damage all over central Ohio nearly two weeks ago, a district official reported on Monday to the school board.

Two South-Western City Schools facilities suffered major damage after "hurricane-force winds" blew in, causing damage all over central Ohio nearly two weeks ago, a district official reported on Monday to the school board.

Mark Waller, coordinator of property services, said two baseball dugouts at Franklin Heights High School were destroyed and the roof of Prairie Lincoln Elementary School will need to be replaced.

"I've been exposed to a lot of firsts here in the district, but never hurricane-force winds," Waller said at an SWCS school board meeting Monday night.

Waller said the dugouts at Franklin Heights were "exposed unlike any other" to the winds at facilities in the district. The dugouts should be rebuilt this winter in order to be ready for baseball at the high school by spring, Waller said.

Waller said a temporary fix in is place to seal the Prairie Lincoln roof and prevent moisture inside the building, but damage was severe enough that it will need full replacement.

Minor damage was sustained at facilities throughout the district.

"No site went unscathed," Waller said.

According to a report from Waller, power was lost to 17 facilities across the district Sept. 14 and was restored to all but three on the evening of Sept. 15.

Power was restored to all buildings on the evening of Sept. 17.

District officials declared one calamity day for Sept. 15.

More than 70 personnel were called upon for cleanup of the facilities after the storm, logging an extra 1,000 hours, Waller said.

In other business during the meeting, school board members unanimously approved the hiring of Tim Barton as principal of Alton Hall Elementary School for a period of one year and 170 days, or a total of 210 days.

Barton said that he has worked as an educator and administrator for 27 years. He was the principal of an elementary school in the Dublin City Schools district.

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