East Rockaway school finally reopens post-Sandy

Floodwaters seeped in and damaged Rhame Avenue Elementary School.

Students at an East Rockaway school on their first day back post-Sandy.

Students at an East Rockaway school on their first day back post-Sandy. (12/13/12)

EAST ROCKAWAY - Students at an East Rockaway elementary school were excited to get back into their familiar building after it was closed down for more than six weeks due to Superstorm Sandy damage.

Rhame Avenue Elementary School sustained damage from the floodwaters pushed in by the storm. The school and another building in the district still need more work, and Nassau County officials are trying to figure out where the estimated $50 million needed for repairs will come from.

Nassau BOCES Superintendent Thomas Rogers says he helped organize a tour so that top state education officials could examine three school districts badly damaged by Sandy.

Rogers says that the three districts are looking to recoup the money needed for repairs from insurance, FEMA and government help. If the funds don't come through, residents could see the costs in their school budgets.

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