JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Nearly 2½ years after a tornado devastated Joplin, three new schools reopened to an enthusiastic reception.

Irving and Soaring Heights elementary schools and East Middle School opened their doors to students Thursday. They were scheduled to open Monday but that was delayed for three days by snow and severe cold.

In all, 1,400 children entered new schools Thursday. They had been attending school in a warehouse, modular buildings and other schools since the tornado.

East Middle School principal Bud Sexson said no major problems were reported and most of the students were excited to be in a new building.

The Joplin Globe reports Superintendent C.J. Huff said some details still need to be completed, mostly related to technology and mechanics, at all three schools.