Schools set to open Tuesday in Gloucester, Mathews

by Kim Robins - Posted on Aug 31, 2011 - 03:50 PM

Photo: Principal Travis Burns, administrative assistant Julie Harris and bookkeeper Cathy Lewis, from left, are ready to welcome students and parents to the new Page Middle School located on the Gloucester High campus. The school holds Open House tonight. Photo by Kim Robins.

Principal Travis Burns, administrative assistant Julie Harris and bookkeeper Cathy Lewis, from left, are ready to welcome students and parents to the new Page Middle School located on the Gloucester High campus. The school holds Open House tonight. Photo by Kim Robins.

Schools in Gloucester and Mathews are all set to open Tuesday for the 2011-2012 academic year, suffering only minor effects from the weekend’s hurricane.

Neither division experienced significant damage from Hurricane Irene. "We were very fortunate, very, very fortunate," Gloucester County Public Schools’ assistant superintendent John Hutchinson said Tuesday, when all campuses were fully staffed and readying to welcome students and parents to open house events.

The storm knocked out power to Gloucester’s northernmost schools, Hutchinson said, but electricity was restored to Petsworth and Botetourt on Monday and to Bethel and Peasley on Tuesday.

Teachers had an unscheduled day off on Monday while groundskeepers went to work cleaning up a scattering of branches and other storm debris. "Jimmy (Viars) and his crew did a great job of getting the grounds cleaned up," Hutchinson said of the school division’s grounds manager and his workers.