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Murphysboro High School to open despite roof collapse

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MURPHYSBORO -- Students head back to class at Murphysboro High School on Wednesday, and administrators still have a messy situation on their hands.

Two weeks ago, the roof of the auditorium partially collapsed. But the school is getting ready for students, despite the mess.

As you look around the old Murphysboro High School auditorium, you won't find any seating.

"Obviously, you can see, the roof on our auditorium collapsed," said principal Tony Wilson.

But you will find puddles of water and lots of debris, a constant reminder of what used to be.

Wilson said, "As soon as I opened the door and saw most of the roof hanging, I didn't know whether to smile or cry or a little bit of both."

But the show must go on.

"Immediately, you go into the mode that I've got class in here in two weeks. I've got a musical here this year. How are you going to make sure they don't lose their programming and instruction?" said Wilson. 

It all starts with help from the local fire department and engineers to make sure the building is up to code and safe for the students.

Wilson said, "This could be a year-long project. We want to make sure we do it right."

In the meantime, classes normally held in the auditorium will take place in other rooms at the school.

With or without an auditorium, Wilson is just glad to welcome back students on time.  

Wilson said, "Life will go on."

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