Update on tornado-damaged Chatham County schools

posted by Mark Robertson - 

SCCPSS crews continued to assess damage to Islands area district facilities through the weekend. Marshpoint Elementary School sustained the most damage from a tornado that passed through the area on Friday when a section of the roof was peeled away. Metalcraft Roofers arrived at the school on Saturday to place metal over the exposed area of the damaged roof to avoid any further damage to the interior of the building.

Thirteen classrooms at the school received some water damage during the storm. Structural engineers are evaluating each of the classrooms and are expected to provide the district with a report on the structural integrity of the building. District staff are reviewing all information received and will determine the safest course of action for school opening regarding Marshpoint Elementary. Parents will be notified via the school district’s parent notification system.

Other district facilities in the Islands area that were affected include Coastal Middle School, Islands High School and the Oatland Island Wildlife Center. Coastal Middle had several large trees and light poles downed. The district’s tree removal contractor has removed approximately 85% of the tree debris. Islands High School damage was limited to bleachers and fencing at the school’s baseball and softball fields.

The district announced on Saturday that Oatland Island Wildlife Center will be closed indefinitely while repairs to animal enclosures are completed. All animals are safe and there was no damage to buildings at the Wildlife Center. There are a number of downed trees and power lines on the property.

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