Greater than half of the colleges in Lee County suffered injury after Hurricane Ian slammed into Florida’s southwest coast final week, based on the School District of Lee County.
“Our preliminary injury evaluation finds 54% of our faculties are in low want of restore, however 14% have main injury. Just a few could also be past restore,” an announcement on the district’s Fb web page says.
Photographs from Fort Myers Seashore Elementary present desks and particles piled up in hallways, mud filling a cafeteria and storm surge water traces reaching almost to the tops of door jambs.
Superintendent Christopher Bernier mentioned in a video message that authorities are conscious of the situation of every college constructing after an preliminary evaluation.
“We now have some faculties that we consider are able to open. Others want minimal work. A few of our faculties would require vital repairs and as anticipated there are a number of which have injury that could be past restore,” he mentioned,
Bernier didn’t have an estimate on when faculties would open, however vowed to do it as rapidly and safely as doable.
“We’re in the course of a historic occasion,” he mentioned. “Nonetheless, this isn’t going to cease us from opening our faculties as quickly as we will. Whereas we aren’t opening this week, we’re definitely not ready till January.”
The district is working with the Florida Division of Schooling to provide you with a plan that might doubtlessly embrace relocating college students, academics and employees.
A number of the faculties are at present getting used as evacuation shelters, the superintendent mentioned.
“We’re going to get again to regular. We are going to retrieve what this storm has tried to remove and show that we’ll assist transfer our kids, household, employees, and group ahead,” he mentioned. “This course of will likely be developmental and transitional, however we’ll reopen.”
Lee County will maintain a faculty board assembly on Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET, according to its website.