LONG BEACH - The desks are empty, the bulletin boards are bare and there certainly aren't any children at West Elementary School in Long Beach these days.
But that may change before summer's end. The school was the hardest hit within the Long Beach School District when Superstorm Sandy struck six months ago, but intensive repairs are underway and progress is evident.
The school was swamped with 3 feet of water and muck after the storm hit. The building is now equipped with a ventilation system and electrical wiring located up closer to the ceiling, in case flooding is ever a problem again.
Superintendent David Weiss says the building is scheduled to reopen on Aug. 15. In the meantime, its 360 students have been attending classes at nearby Lindell Elementary School.