Greene Co. Middle School To Be Demolished

Saturday marks three months since the deadly tornadoes devastated North Carolina. Greene County Middle School was severely damaged, and is preparing to go under construction.

Greene County Schools Superintendent Dr. Patrick Miller says crews plan to demolish the building. They plan on knocking down all the walls, keeping the foundation and about 80% of the structural steel in place. The goal is to have the overhauled building ready for class by December 2012.

The modular campus students will attend until then should be done in a few weeks, in time for the first day of school on August 25.



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Officials have decided to repair Greene County Middle School after it was destroyed in the April 16th tornado outbreak.

Insurance adjusters and engineers have determined it will be faster to repair rather than rebuild, according to the Daily Reflector. Insurance will cover the $12 million price tag for all necessary repairs to the school, along with the cost of mobile classrooms.

Greene County's superintendent hopes to have the repaired middle school open during fall of 2012.

The school closed following the devastating storm, forcing students to attend Greene Central High School on a split schedule.


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  • by Student Location: Greenville on Jul 15, 2011 at 11:57 AM
    Does anybody know if the are going to have a split schedule again with the High School for the fall semester.
  • by YES safety is FIRST Location: Jason on Jul 15, 2011 at 10:06 AM
    People, it says, "They plan on knocking down all the walls, keeping the foundation and about 80% of the structural steel in place." If you actually saw the school, yes it is destroyed but they use those words for insurance purposes. Believe me every section will be inspected, all walls will be safe and that school will be rebuilt with the safety of the children in mind.
  • by Concerned on Jun 7, 2011 at 09:39 AM
    It is sad that people are so ignorant that the safety of the students is not important to the citizens. The problem is not only with Greene County Middle School, but the other schools in the state that were destroyed as well. The STATE, not individual counties, did not have adequate insurance to cover such a catastrophe as this one. Therefore, they are forced to repair because of inqdequate funds. I HAVE been inside the school and it is scary to know that my children will have to, upon repair, re-enter this building!! This has nothing to do with the school board but politicians in Raleigh!!!
  • by Kane on May 31, 2011 at 08:16 AM
    If we were to use the convoluted logic of some of elected leaders this school should never be rebuilt. Because public education, for the money spent, is a waste. I hope the school is rebuilt with latest educational tools. The kids deserve it.
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      by Anonymous on May 31, 2011 at 11:22 PM in reply to Kane
      $ 12 million to rebuild a building ?? A typical steel building, with the insides finished runs $ 33/sq ft. 12 million should build a normal steel building with 363,000 sq ft., that's over 7 football fields in size. Why are we building such FANCY buildings ?? Kick backs to local politicians, lawyers, land owners, contractors, ect ect ect. It's all a scam and a huge WASTE !
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        by Estimator on Jul 15, 2011 at 04:20 AM in reply to
        To Anonymous: I am a estimator for a large construction company in Eastern N.C. I do not know where you got your information from about the $33/sqft but, I have been estimating for over 30 years now and I have NEVER bid a job for a school that was that low. The cost (for today) will run you around $120/sqft for just the basic materials and finishes without the sitework !
  • by Anonymous on May 31, 2011 at 05:18 AM
    According to the article the school was destroyed. Definition of destroy: to reduce to useless fragements, injure beyond repair or renewal. And they are going to repair it?
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      by greenville mom on May 31, 2011 at 06:11 AM in reply to
      You are a very cold hearted person, if you are worried about the context of the article. Have you seen the school? Have you been out there to help? Maybe to them it is distroyed. This will turn their world upside down for the next year to year and a half. I have seen it, and there are parts of the building that "are distroyed" that cannot be repaird and they will rebuild. There are parts that can be repaired. Leave it to someone as cold hearted and uncarrying as you to worry about the context of the article rather than, what these people have and are going through. I hope for your sake you are never on the other end.
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      by lm on May 31, 2011 at 08:11 AM in reply to
      At first glance the school looks destroyed. It was very heart-breaking. We had to wait for the insurance adjusters and administrative staff to officially determine whether any part of the school was salvageable. There's more information that this story does not cover. Another other story says that there were some parts of the school that was salvageable so it wasn't a 100% loss of the building.I have a child that goes to that school and it has been very difficult for everyone with the change of schedule and the hard reminders of what happened that day because of what's left of the destruction near the two schools. Yes, they are going to repair it and I'm glad that they have the foundation to build upon again instead of starting from scratch.
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      by Nova on May 31, 2011 at 08:16 AM in reply to
      The School is Destroyed, the school needs to be rebuilt. One of the sad realities is that the county and the State simply can't afford to start from scratch. This is a place for our youth, to learn and become productive citizens but that is not top priority for the State. Top priorities take place Raleigh, west or a four lane highway in Lenior County that absolutly is not needed. That is the sad truth!
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        by greenville mom on May 31, 2011 at 08:52 AM in reply to Nova
        Most of what you say is very true. My children used to attend school in Greene County (loved it), but we moved and we are now in the Pitt School District and the situation is the same. They don't care about the schools or our children in Eastern North Carolina (unless your in Wilminton). That's were all the board members beach houses are. However, in this situation, I don't think it is a matter of money, because it isn't the Board of Education that is paying for it. This is to be paid for from the insurance claim that was filed in behalf of the school. The problem is the time frame that it will take to rebuild the school vs. repairing it. The students are already having to adjust their lives and will continue to do so until it is rebuilt. There isn't another school near to bus them to. This is Greene Counties only Middle School.
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        by Anonymous on May 31, 2011 at 11:24 PM in reply to Nova
        Explain to me why is it that my business has to be insured for 100% of replacement value ( $ 985,000) Did the state not have the building insured ??? If so, the insurance should pay for it. If it wasn't insured, it should be a crime that the state can get away without having insurance.
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          by reply to anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 at 10:40 AM in reply to
          The building belongs to Greene County and not the state. Its the county's responsibility to insure the building, not the state.
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          by Harry on Jul 15, 2011 at 11:20 AM in reply to
          Unlike the government, you cannot stick your hand in the taxpayers pocket to cover your losses.
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