Hurricane Hermine damages local middle school

SWAINSBORO, Ga.–  Hurricane Hermine caused damage to Swainsboro Middle School in Emanuel County Friday morning due to high winds and down-pouring rain.

School Superintendent, Dr. Kevin A. Judy, was notified this morning around 11:00 AM by Chief Deputy Rocky Davis of the Emanuel County Sheriff Department of the recent damage to the school. Dr. Judy, Vernon Hardy, Director of Operations, and maintenance crews were on the scene to assess the damage to the school. The majority of the damage was located to the roof of the gym and interior locker room areas. This damage resulted in portions of the gym roof being ripped away causing water to collapse the girl’s and boy’s locker room ceiling tiles.

Dr. Judy stated, “We appreciate the quick notification by Chief Deputy Davis of the damage to Swainsboro Middle School. We have assessed the damage to the school and notified our insurance carrier. Restoration crews will begin clean-up of the middle school this afternoon. Mr. Hardy and his staff will work with Belfor Georgia to fix and repair all damage caused by the storm.”

At 12:30 PM Thursday, the school district made the determination to cancel all classes and activities for Friday due to potential bad weather. The school district released the following statement yesterday, “Tropical Storm Hermine’s path will be bringing rain and high winds to the area and the safety of our students, staff, and parents is of the utmost importance.”a

Swainsboro Middle School will be ready to resume classes on Tuesday morning following the Labor Day holiday.

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