TRENTON, NJ - From the beginning of New Jersey’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy, Governor Christie emphasized the need to return our schools to a sense of normalcy as quickly as possible. Schools in New Jersey suffered more than $40 million in damage from Sandy.
Within three weeks of the storm, 99 percent of New Jersey's schools were open and every New Jersey student whose school remained closed was receiving services in a temporary location. The New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) is working to assure all schools affected are re-opened no later than the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. Currently, only 5 schools remain closed.
REOPENING THE SCHOOLS MOST IMPACTED BY SANDY
Union Beach Memorial School
Union Beach Memorial School officially re-opened on June 3, 2013. The school serves 732 students in grades K-8. After Superstorm Sandy, the one-story school was described as “almost beyond repair.” Students had been relocated to Keyport and Holy Family Schools and will now finish out the rest of the school year which ends June 27th. The total rehabilitation costs have reached approximately $1.3 million.
Monmouth Beach Elementary School
Monmouth Beach Elementary School was re-opened on June 3, 2013. The school serves 312 students in grades K-8. The school experienced flood water levels of two to three feet throughout the entire building, ruining furniture, books, supplies and major equipment such as the school’s boilers. Students were able to attend classes at schools in West Long Branch, Oceanport and Shore Regional. Total rehabilitation costs have been nearly $2 million.
Stone Harbor Elementary School
Stone Harbor Elementary School re-opened its doors to students on March 11, 2013. During Sandy, the school experienced flooding and nearly a foot of water remained after it had passed causing extensive damage to the gym, several classrooms, bathrooms and administrative offices. Renovations to the school – costing in excess of $600,000 – included a new gym floor, new carpeting, the installation of new sheet rock and removal of old tiles.