WHITEHALL – The August storms that submerged the village in 4 to 5 feet of flood waters and knocked out power to a 1,000 also devastated the schools.
Whitehall Central School District’s high school floors and walls were covered an inch of backed up water and sewage, and the elementary school gymnasium and kitchen were soaked with 6 inches of rain after wind knocked out the school’s sky lights.
With fall reopening looming, the district scrambled, spending $600,000 to make repairs and dry out the floors. While the elementary school has opened to students, the high school remains uninhabitable – shuttered to all but a handful of administrators clustered in one wing. And Superintendent Patrick Dee said he still has no idea if the district’s insurance carrier, New York School Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR), will cover the cost of repairing the multimillion dollar damage.
“I’m beyond frustrated,” Dee said.