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Lee County (Fla.) district says it sustained $230 million in damage from Hurricane Ian

Nov. 21, 2022
Damage from the September storm has kept Fort Myers Beach Elementary, Hector A. Cafferata Jr. Elementary and the Sanibel School closed for nearly two months.

The Lee County (Fla.) district says damage to school buildings from Hurricane Ian totals about $230 million

The campuses with the most significant damage are Fort Myers Beach Elementary, Hector A. Cafferata Jr. Elementary and the Sanibel School, reports The News-Press

The preliminary damage assessment of $230 million was prepared for the state Department of Education and is still subject to change. 

The Sanibel School has been deemed structurally sound. The district is repairing water damage; the repairs are expected to be complete early next year, according to district spokesman Robert Spicker. 

About 206 students in kindergarten through eighth grade from the Sanibel School have been relocated to San Carlos Park Elementary.

Fort Myers Beach Elementary students and staff also were moved to San Carlos Park Elementary. 

No decision has been made regarding the future of Fort Myers Beach Elementary.

A temporary campus of 46 portable buildings is under construction on district-owned property adjacent to the school. That campus is expected to be ready next month.

Hector A. Cafferata Jr. Elementary sustained extensive roof and water damage. The building's interior needs to be removed before a decision is made on its future, according to the district. 

Hector's 715 students have been split between two schools. K-2 students are at Hancock Creek Elementary, and students in grades two through five are at Pelican Elementary. 

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