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Carteret County Schools, Superintendent Mat Bottoms, And Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery

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  • All schools officially closed on September 10, 2018 in preparation for impending weather related to Hurricane Florence.
  • Florence began affecting the NC coast on Friday, September 14, 2018.
  • Information began circulating social media and via Internet websites that many area schools were hard hit by flooding, tree damage, as well as roof damage.
  • Shortly after the storm, the hashtag #CarteretStrong was circulated as a data funnel so that area residents, parents, and students could get timely information on disaster cleanup and as emotional support.
  • Carteret County Emergency Services opened a shelter at Beaufort Elementary School and Newport Middle School for area residents who are unable to return home due to damage.
  • On September 21st, Superintendent Bottoms called all parents and announced that schools will be close the week of September 24th through 28th due to extensive damage to area schools, especially in down east communities. During this announcement, it was learned that decisions on reopening schools would happen on September 1st or 2nd.
  • On September 25th, 2018, the Superintendent once again called parents and other interested parties to inform them that a contractor hired to help clean and ready schools for reopening would take temporary work applications on Wednesday, September 26th, at 8am in the Croatan High School auditorium to help with Hurricane Florence disaster cleanup.
  • On September 27th, 2018, Carteret County Schools announced that classes will begin again on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 and that teachers will begin work on October 1st. The announcement went on to state that all schools had hurricane damage ranging from extensive to moderate, that the cleanup process was a 24 hr a day effort, and that air quality tests revealed no problems internally.
  • Superintendent Bottoms went on to explain that due to federal funding for Hurricane Florence, all children will receive federally funded free breakfast and lunch beginning Tuesday, October 2, through October 31.
  • On Oct 1st, 2018, the Carteret County Public Schools foundation announced that Doris Buffett (The Sunshine Lady) issued a challenge that if $25,000 in donations is received from the public then she will match another $25,000 in efforts to help local students and their families after Hurricane Florence.

Consider this article a live document as it will be updated as new information is received either officially or via social media.

Last updated 10/1/2018 at 9:15pm.


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Discussion and Comments

We understand that because of an official mandatory evacuation order, no schools were designated as official shelters during the storm and that one was setup in Knightdale, NC. However, we understand or heard reports that one or several school were opened for some official purpose after the storm. What can anyone tell us about this?


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2 thoughts on “Carteret County Schools, Superintendent Mat Bottoms, And Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery

  • August 14, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    This was a very tough time for parents and students, and it was amazing seeing Mr. Bottoms approach and attention to schools and working with other administrators dealing with Florence. Thank you to all school staff.

  • September 28, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Just saw this on the public schools Facebook..

    Florence Relief Giveaway
    Bogue Sound Elementary School
    Sept 29th, 12-4pm
    Sept 30th, 2-4pm

    3323 Hwy 24, Newport, NC

    Free women and men’s clothing, newborn and toddler clothes, household supplies and cleaners, appliances, housewares, and other items.

    I don’t know if this is an official school thing or they are just allowing this school to host it.


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