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story.lead_photo.caption James M. Warren, with the Pulaski County Special School District surveys the damagein the computer lab at Sylvan Hills High School on Friday. SHHS suffered damage due to a possible tornado late Thursday evening. - Photo by Karen E. Segrave

High winds and thunderstorms damaged Sylvan Hills High School on Thursday night, and about 1,000 students will be displaced for several weeks while it is repaired, district officials said Friday.

The roof of the auditorium is gone, and there is structural damage to the walls, said James "Butch" Warren, maintenance supervisor for the Pulaski County Special School District.

The southwest corner of the building has major damage, and a computer lab was destroyed, he said.

There are 2 to 3 inches of water in the whole building, including the gymnasium.

Warren said his staff will escort teachers into their classrooms today to retrieve personal items and essential teaching materials.

Sherwood Mayor Virginia Hillman is helping the district find temporary quarters for the students, Warren said.

The Sylvan Hills middle and elementary schools are without power, and district staff are removing food from the freezers. Warren said there's no estimate of when power will be restored because there are several downed utility poles in the area.

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