PUBLIC STATEMENT FROM SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
September 6th 5:00PM
After extremely preliminary assessments of our two campuses, Ocracoke School and community have received the most severe damages from the storm. The blessing is that we currently know of no loss of life, so we are just looking at repairing school buildings. Beyond that, the devastating flooding in the Ocracoke Island community surpasses anything in recent memory in amount and speed.
Our Maintenance Director has completed a walk-through of the mainland Mattamuskeet campus. It initially appears we have two significantly damaged roofs, broken windows, damage to the baseball facility, and some walkway covers destroyed.
I have been in constant contact with the Principal at Ocracoke School throughout the storm. During the flooding, we had water in every building on campus including the gym. The surrounding grounds are littered with debris. On top of that, almost all of our staff members and students are dealing with significant flooding issues in their homes and businesses. I will be traveling to Ocracoke Island tomorrow(Saturday) with a team to do a more detailed assessment and formalize our clean-up plans.
We ask that everyone please keep our students and staff in thoughts and prayers. Thank you to all those who have reached out to us offering your support. We are working to do what we can to get the lives of the members of our community back to normal as quickly as possible.
Stephen G. Basnight, III
Superintendent - Hyde County Schools