History questions delay Smithville school work

By The Associated Press

SMITHVILLE — A delay has surfaced in the rebuilding of Smithville School, which was severely damaged during the April 27 tornado.

Monroe County schools superintendent Scott Cantrell said that it’s called a Section 106.

Cantrell says that’s when the federal government is required to carefully assess any work planned for a historic structure. He says some of the school buildings are more than 50 years old and qualify for the National Register of Historic Places.

Cantrell says construction will go ahead once everything is ironed out.

If the school is unable to move back to the original campus by summer of 2013, Cantrell says the school district can apply to the federal government for an extension to stay in temporary units as they are now.