School district haggles with insurance company following tornado

Stoner Creek Elementary School
Posted at 4:53 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 21:37:54-05

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WTVF) — The school district in Wilson County is in negotiations with an insurance company regarding two schools that were hit by a tornado in March.

Several sad citizens emailed the NewsChannel5 newsroom wanting to know what’s going on at West Wilson Middle and Stoner Creek Elementary. Every day they pass by, they remember what happened.

West Wilson Middle School
West Wilson Middle School 10 months after the tornado in Mt. Juliet.

"I keep urging patience, and we’re working through a process, and we certainly understand that the community, when they drive past, that area thinking nothing’s happening, but there’s a lot of conversation, a lot of discussion and negotiation underway," Dr. Wright said.

Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Donna Wright said they want what's best for students and taxpayers. That's why they're asking for more money from their insurance company. "We just haven’t met that middle piece as far as what we are comfortable with… what we can accept," Wright said.

Dr. Wright said they're not alone, other people are waiting on insurance too.

"Please look across the street, there are still homes that are with blue tarps on," Wright said. "They’re still being reconstructed." At the same time, they were hit with a double whammy due to the pandemic.

Around 1,700 students and 150 staff members were displaced. They’re going to class at other schools, trying to make the most of the situation. "And we are in a better place than we were a month ago," Wright said.