The April 16 tornado destroyed the rear wing of Page and a portion of the cafeteria, with the front two wings of the school, the gymnasium and the auditorium left largely intact. Work has continued since the storm to determine how much of the building may be salvageable.
"There is still no final determination on Page," school division superintendent Ben Kiser told the Gloucester School Board Tuesday. "I don’t know if we will have a final damage assessment on the 23rd," Kiser said, referring to a public forum scheduled for 7 p.m. next Thursday at Gloucester High School to air opinions on the future of Page. Kiser said he hopes to have at least a general verbal assessment to share with the public at the hearing.
Insurance representatives have said they would tear down what remains of the Page cafeteria if that portion of the building was found to be at least 60 percent destroyed, said assistant superintendent John Hutchinson. However, Hutchinson said the current evaluation reflects a 40 percent cafeteria destruction, a finding he said would be reviewed by the school division’s architectural consultants.