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Bossier school's 'stormy' turnaround

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© A shocked Cindy Besta, along with principal Kim Tuminello, shortly after discovering her damaged room © A shocked Cindy Besta, along with principal Kim Tuminello, shortly after discovering her damaged room

The holiday break was anything but a break for many on staff at Bossier's Sun City Elementary. Teachers, faculty and district maintenance crews worked through the holidays repairing what mother nature destroyed.

"You could see daylight from one end of the roof to the other. It was pretty bad," says Sun City maintenance leader Frank Baudour. The morning of December 20th, Mr. Frank as the kids call him, discovered the roof of a classroom had been blown off after a stormy night of high winds.

The classroom was Ms. Cindy Besta's kindergarten class, located inside one of Sun City's temporary buildings on campus.

"I didn't think it would be that bad until I came and saw it. My tears started pouring down, "says a one-time very depressed Besta. Her room was heavily damaged and much of her supplies and equipment was destroyed.

"Books were molding. The kids work, I wish I could have saved it," added Besta, who is a first year teacher at Sun City after transferring in from another district.

Almost immediately, Sun City staff members helped her pack up what was salvageable and crews repaired the roof. However Besta knew a long road was ahead. Supplies are costly, especially those purchased with money out of her own pockets.

"A great staff of teachers came in and helped her moved everything out of the room," says principal Kim Tuminello. Many of those same faculty members help Besta replace much of her supplies, damaged or ruined in the storm.

Her classroom also got new flooring and a new paint job. And Ms. Besta received renewed hope.

"In the end, it's the people you work with. I'm fortunate to have supportive team that I get to work with every day," says Besta.

Students returned to Besta's class on January 8th, only 20 days since the overnight storm destroyed her classroom.

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