Lightning struck Manual on Sunday, July 13, causing damage to the iconic tower structure. Chunks of debris punched holes in the roof, letting in water from the storm. Among the classrooms affected were those used by Ms. Robin Cash (Family Consumer Science), Ms. Laura Spiegelhalter (Family Consumer Science), Ms. Rebecca Donahoe (English) and Ms. Allison Hunt (Social Studies).
“I went to Ms. Finley’s room and you can see (roof) damage right there: it’s through the ceiling, through the insulation. Debris came crashing down into Cash’s room,” said Mr. Jerry Mayes (Principal). “We’re working on getting this fixed before school starts.”
Manual’s custodians and administrators are working with engineers and insurance contractors to assess the damage.
“This just a glitch on the screen,” said Mr. Mayes. “Everything’s great, I don’t see this as a problem. I always try to think of something positive. Now we’re the only school in the district with a sun roof!”