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Finishing the Final Touches

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA(CBS2/FOX28)-- The Cedar Rapids School District is working around the clock to make sure everything is in place for the first day of school.

Cleveland Elementary, as well as Washington and Jefferson High Schools sustained significant damage when June storms brought heavy rain and strong winds.

The first day is August 26th, but there are a few final pieces that need to be touched up.

"With the damage we had over at Cleveland and then a short two weeks later, the damage we had at Jefferson and Washington, it sure put a lot of stress on staff," Cedar Rapids Building and Grounds Manager Rob Kleinsmith said.

The winds and water tore through school buildings and left a mess for the district to clean up and added to the construction work they already had on their summer list.

But for 8th grader Ryan Hallman, he just is glad to see progress, "If it didn't get fixed then people wouldn't be able to go to school," Ryan said.

The district said they are not worried about that, "We're on track for the amount of damage that we had," Kleinsmith said.

Crews started cleaning up the mess from day one but with one week left, they are getting close to being done.

"We're making progress," Kleinsmith said.

If you were to see the before and after pictures, you could see how much work and time the district has put into making sure everything is safe for students to return next week.

There are just some finishing touches that need to be fixed like outlets, painting floors and drying things out.

Crews were out Monday trying to get a head start on the week in hopes to have it all done a day before school starts.

"We won't be 100% complete," Kleinsmith said. "I think the students won't notice the difference. We will be ready for the first day of school."

CBS2 walked through the Jefferson auditorium and through the hallways at Cleveland and found most of the work had been completed.

Students and teachers at Cleveland will walk onto brand new floors and look up to new ceilings. There are also new cabinets and crews were installing a new roof.

The Jefferson auditorium has a brand new stage and stairs. A few of the chairs and some outlets still need to be fixed.

Kleinsmith made a list Monday on what other items need to be fixed before the first day.

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