Schools delay reopening in wake of storm damage

Posted April 18, 2011 9:19 p.m. EDT
Updated April 18, 2011 11:33 p.m. EDT

— Some schools in central and eastern North Carolina will remain closed Tuesday after suffering extensive damages from a severe weather system that ripped through the state Saturday, spawning tornadoes, high winds and hail.

Parts of the roof were ripped clean off Ben Martin Elementary School, at 430 N. Reilly Road in Fayetteville, and debris littered the grounds. The school remains closed Tuesday and district leaders are hosting a meeting for parents at 6:30 p.m. at Westover High School Tuesday to provide an update on when the school might reopen and how students will be accommodated in the meantime.

Pine Forest High School, at 525 Andrews Road in Fayetteville, was also severely damaged by the tornado, but school officials had not announced whether it would be closed on Tuesday as of 9 p.m.

Shaw University, at 118 E. South St. in Raleigh, suspended classes for the duration of the semester due to damages sustained on and around campus. Part of the student center's roof was torn off, trees were uprooted and windows were blown out of several buildings.

Athletics will continue as scheduled. 

Tarawa Terrace 1 Primary School at Camp Lejeune has also closed for the rest of the school year, a U.S. Marines spokesman said Monday. All students will be accommodated at Tarawa Terrace 2 Elementary School and should report Thursday morning.

There will be meetings for Tarawa Terrace 1 Primary School parents Wednesday at 9 a.m. and Tarawa Terrace 2 Elementary School parents Wednesday at 2:15 p.m.

Bertie County schools and Central Carolina Community College will remain closed Tuesday.