Schools assessing damage; Lowry to provide report today

By Sarah Willets -

LUMBERTON — Power has been restored to three more Robeson County public schools, bringing the total number of county schools with power to 33.

“The maintenance staff for the Public Schools of Robeson County continued to work Friday to restore schools to operational status throughout the district,” the school system said in a Friday update.

The Public Schools of Robeson County have been closed all week as some schools host emergency shelters for those affected by Hurricane Matthew. Others have suffered tree and water damage. The school system’s central office is under water, as well as the transportation depot, the planetarium and Shining Stars pre-school.

Today, Superintendent Tommy Lowry will send out an update on the status of school openings.

The remaining PSRC facilities without power are: Robeson Career Center, Robeson Early College, Fairgrove Middle, Littlefield Middle, Long Branch Elementary, Magnolia, Southside Ashpole Elementary, West Lumberton, W.H. Knuckles, Transportation, Central Office and Maintenance and the Resource Center and Shining Stars.

Shelters are open at South Robeson High School, St. Pauls High School, Purnell Swett High School and Red Springs High School. All schools serving as shelters have power.

St. Pauls Elementary, Rosenwald Elementary and Carroll Middle School suffered water damage. Seven schools were hit by trees.

By Sarah Willets

Sarah Willets can be reached on Twitter @Sarah_Willets.

Sarah Willets can be reached on Twitter @Sarah_Willets.

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