Tornado-damaged Wilson County schools certified storm ready

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) — In March 2020, two Wilson County schools got hit by an EF-3 tornado in the early house of the morning: West Wilson Middle School and Stoner Creek Elementary.

The principal of Stoner Creek Elementary, Amanda Smith, said it was surreal feeling to wake up and hear the news that her second home was gone. She said the people that surrounded her kept her spirits high and the teachers and other community members rallied around the Stoner Creek Bobcats.

COVID hit the community right after the tornado and most learning became virtual. Once school started back up in the fall, they got creative with ways to get the students to a sustainable learning environment. This is when “Bobcat Village”, as Smith recalled, was born. It was the nickname for the many portables that were used until the reopening of the school.

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A brand-new building with all the bells and whistles opened to the Bobcat family in November 2022. The new building was not only a state-of-the-art facility, but one section is a storm shelter that meets FEMA standards.

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