The Clinton Central School District is working around the clock tomake sure the flood damaged middle school is ready for students to return in alittle more than a month. There wasabout six inches of water in the school and crews are now racing against theclock to finish repairs before students return on September 5th.
Clinton School Superintendent MattReilly knows time is not on his side. Hiscrews have been working hard to make sure the damage from the June flooding isfixed by the first day of school.
“The goal is for students to experience no real disruptionin their instruction,” said Reilly.
He says it was disheartening when he first saw the damagedone to the school.
“It was deflating to be walking through five/sixinches of water in the hallways, rain pouring down, no end in sight,” saysReilly.
While the hope is that students are not affected by thedamage, it has not been easy on the teachers and staff.
“We did lose the carpet, we lost dry wall, we lostsome of the equipment, significant losses. When our media specialist came in that morning, she was nearly in tears,”said Reilly.
Jenna Wratten teaches music at themiddle school. All of the school’sinstruments have been moved to the hallway while repairs are made to herclassroom.
“I’ve only peeked in the window because I’m a littlebit afraid to go in but I know the floors were damaged and the sheet rock hadto be cut up I think about a foot,” said Wratten.
The middle school gym was one of the hardest hit areasafter the flood and the floor needs to be completely replaced. It will most likely not be ready in time forthe first day of school meaning the PE department will have to make some adjustments.
“It’s going to postpone some of the indoor activities,”said health teacher Mary Beth King.
The school is making plans to hold gymoutside for the first month of school while crews finish repairs.
Despite the amount of work remaining,Superintendent Reilly is confident the rest of the school will open onschedule.
The complete cost of clean up and repairs will be close to 2 and a half million dollars. The district will use it’s insurance for part of the repairs and is relying on FEMA aid for the rest.