The following announcement was made by Thomas J. Ficarra, Superintendent of Schools for the Morris School District:
Like much of our community, several Morris School District schools have been affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Alexander Hamilton School suffered significant damage to the lower level and, as of today, Morristown High School and Hillcrest remained without electricity and Woodland and Normandy Park continued to experience sporadic power outages.
In addition to power problems, water damage is a concern at Alexander Hamilton. Water has been found inside the boiler room and under the gym floor. It is possible that this area of the building may not be usable until renovation and repairs are completed. While our buildings and grounds department has done a great job addressing these issues, our decision to postpone the opening of school until Wednesday, September 7 will provide much needed additional time for cleaning and repairs.
The Morristown High School turf field was damaged by storm water and will be repaired in the near future. We also have learned that the recent earthquake may have caused a leak in the MHS swimming pool, though that has yet to be confirmed.
We are working to identify and repair all facilites problems as quickly as possible and we will continue to do so throughout the weekend and around the clock. I will continue to provide additional updates as information becomes available.
Sincerely, Thomas J. Ficarra, Superintendent of Schools