$4.9 million to help rebuild Hyde County schools

By on February 26, 2020

Classroom areas remain unusable after Dorian damage

 (Hyde County Schools)

This week, State Superintendent Mark Johnson and officials at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) informed Hyde County Schools that NCDPI would be providing $4.9 million to the school district to assist in the recovery from Hurricane Dorian.

Hyde County Schools Superintendent Steve Basnight was notified on Feb. 25 of the reallocation of funds from a $91.5 million 2018 appropriation by the General Assembly to the NCDPI for hurricane disaster relief.

“These funds became available to us as a result of districts returning money they had been allocated for storm recovery, previous to Dorian,” said Basnight. “Those districts were able to use insurance, federal disaster relief, and other funding sources to cover their recovery costs, which ultimately freed up this money to be reallocated to us, and I am so thankful they did.”

Cleaning-up, tearing down and elevating buildings is continuing on Ocracoke Island in the aftermath of the Sept. 6, 2019 hurricane that brought major destruction. The only buildings currently in use on the Ocracoke School campus are the second floor of the elementary classrooms and the carpentry shop below the WOVV radio station. All other classroom areas of the school, including the media center, do not have floors or walls below four feet as a result of flooding. The district is working to have a 10-classroom modular unit placed on the campus by April.

Ocracoke School is holding classes in three separate locations on the Island for different grade levels: the Lower Elementary School in the former Day Care Facility, the Upper Elementary on the second floor of the elementary building, and the 6-12 grades in the NCCAT facility.

The current plans involve using the majority of the nearly $5 million allocation to rebuild the portion of the Ocracoke Campus where the administrative offices, middle school, and high school classes were primarily housed.  But Ocracoke School was not the only area of Hyde County Schools to receive damage from Hurricane Dorian.

On the mainland, Mattamuskeet Early College has three classroom buildings with significant roof damage as does the School Bus Garage. The district is hoping to designate the remainder of the assistance funds to addressing those areas.


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