Storm damage to a south-side elementary school cost TUSD nearly $200,000 to repair.

Just days before the new school year was set to begin, a severe thunderstorm ripped the roof off of an entire wing at Van Buskirk Elementary School July 26 as teachers were getting their classrooms ready.

While there were no injuries, what remained were flooded classrooms, wet books, soaked furniture and debris scattered throughout.

Because the rain continued, and in an effort to prevent further damage, the Tucson Unified School District went through an emergency procurement process to secure the services of Abracadabra Restoration, considered to be the "most viable company at the time" because they were the only vendor contacted that had the ability to respond within one hour with all of the tools and materials necessary.

Abracadabra Restoration received $50,000 for its work to prevent further damage and cleanup and restoration. Another $137,075 was paid out to another company, Kittle Design and Construction, related to initial repairs to the damaged roof.

Van Buskirk, 725 E. Fair St., was open in time for the first day of school with some classes being held in other parts of the campus.

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea