Students relocated due to school damage

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STONE HARBOR – Stone Harbor Elementary School students are attending school in Avalon as repair work continues in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

The school’s older wing at 93rd Street suffered damage from about 6 inches of water in the building, said Chief School Administrator Stacey Tracy.

She said she’s not sure how much the damage will cost at the Stone Harbor Elementary School.

Tracy also doesn’t know when the school would be reopened, but estimates that would be six weeks after the storm moved through the area.

The old wing dates back to the 1960s and has a gymnasium, offices, a kindergarten classroom, a small classroom, teacher’s room, a kitchen and a physical education office.

Demolition continues at the school. New sheetrock needs to be installed, and flooring and furniture need to be replaced, she said. Tracy said some of the outlets sparked after the storm, but the wiring has been replaced.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency visited the Stone Harbor school, she said. The school is covered by flood insurance, which includes contents and the building, according Tracy.

Kindergarten through fourth-graders usually attend Stone Harbor’s school and fifth through eighth go to Avalon.

“Pretty much everyone is comfortable,” she said.

There are about 130 students attending the Avalon Elementary School. Stone Harbor’s school has 12 staff members, and Avalon has 18.

“I think it’s a great community effort – a 7 MileIsland effort,” Tracy said.

Stone Harbor Elementary School has 76 students and Avalon, 60.

The Avalon Elementary School is at 32nd Street and Ocean Drive, and the Stone Harbor Elementary School is at 275 93rd St.

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