Tornado-ravaged Fayetteville school to reopen by mid-September
Students of Fayetteville's Ben Martin Elementary School will be back in their old classrooms by the middle of September, officials said Wednesday.Posted — Updated
The school on Reilly Road was heavily damaged on April 16 when a cluster of tornadoes barreled across central and eastern North Carolina.
Parts of the school's roof were ripped off, and heavy rains soaked everything inside. Cumberland County Schools officials estimated the damage at $5.2 million.
District officials said, however, that crews are working so rapidly – the initial date to reopen the school had been in December – that repairs might be finished by the time the new school year starts on Aug. 25. Officials expect to meet with the contractor in the coming days and will decide by Aug. 15 when students can return to Ben Martin Elementary.