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Sandy takes roof off Kings Park school

Park View Elementary School, located at 20 Roundtree

Park View Elementary School, located at 20 Roundtree Dr., is for students in kindergarten through third grade. It is one of two elementary schools in the Kings Park Central School District, the other being Fort Salonga Elementary in neighboring Fort Salonga. (June 27, 2012) Credit: Fran Berkman

The roof of a Kings Park elementary school blew off during superstorm Sandy, causing the school to be closed for weeks, an official said.

Park View Elementary School suffered the damage Monday night, said Marie Goldstein, president of the Kings Park District school board.

"The roof blew off. It's devastating," Goldstein said. "We’re hopeful to get the students back into Park View Elementary School within six weeks.”

Parents of Park View Elementary School students are invited to attend a meeting Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Kings Park High School cafeteria to receive more information about the plan for students, she said.

Though Goldstein said plans are still being fine-tuned, part of what will be discussed tomorrow is "relocating the students within the district during the time that Park View is being worked on," said Goldstein. "We’re hopeful that our students and staff will be settled by Monday as long as we have power in our schools.”

All Kings Park Central School District schools are closed for the rest of the week, she said.

The district has leaped into action in repairing the school, said Goldstein.

“The school administration was there early Tuesday morning. When I got there at 10 a.m. there were already crews working on the building," she said. "They had the roof tarped .?.?. Right now they’re cleaning out the school. A team will go in to prepare the school to get it back to where they can receive students again.”

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