Supt. describes ‘devastation’ at Hatteras Secondary

By on September 10, 2019

Hatteras Elementary School to re-open on Sept. 11


In a briefing to the Dare County Board of Education on Sept. 10, Superintendent John Farrelly described the Hurricane Dorian damage to Cape Hatteras Secondary School as “absolute devastation.” He said district staff has been working around the clock to mitigate the situation and as for students returning to school, asserted, “We are shooting for Monday [Sept. 16] at this point, tenuous on the building inspector and fire inspector signing off.”

Farrelly noted that the gymnasium and media center in the older portion of the building took the brunt of the damage. The school’s athletic fields have also been destroyed, there are major problems with the concession stand area and the new press box was leveled.

The superintendent did point out that Principal Beth Rooks has a plan is in place to utilize the remaining two-thirds of the building while repairs and reconstruction takes place. He said district officials believed the gymnasium floor is salvageable, but a tremendous amount of rain came into the building and impacted the gymnasium, fish hatchery, and a handful of classrooms.

Farrelly said district staff has worked around the clock to expedite repairs at the Hatteras school that houses grades 6 to 12. “If you see Beth Rooks, give her hug, pat on the back…because she has been phenomenal,” he said. “She actually left her home to go check on the school in probably ninety-five mile per hour winds.”

Students at Cape Hatteras Elementary School, which incurred minor damage, are slated to return to school on Wednesday, Sept. 11 Students at the remaining Dare County Schools, north of Oregon Inlet, returned to school on Sept. 10.


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  • John Galt

    See Bahamas for definition of devastation

    Wednesday, Sep 11 @ 8:28 am