The newly built Ocracoke School. Photo: C. Leinbach

The Ocracoke community and Ocracoke School officials are gearing up for the grand reopening of the Ocracoke School at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 25.

The brief ceremony will be followed by a walk-through tour.

It’s been almost four years since the island and many buildings, including the school, were flooded by Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 6, 2019.

“The outpouring of love and donations from all over Eastern NC and the country was unreal,” Julio Morales, public relations officer for Hyde County Schools, said about the flood aftermath in a press release.

Renovated Ocracoke Library. Photo: P. Vankevich

The newly rebuilt Ocracoke School campus will be fully operational when the new school year begins Aug. 28.

The ribbon cutting will be held in the front circle of the school on Schoolhouse Road.

As rebuilding began, Ocracoke students have taken classes in the elementary building, whose first floor sustained damage, and in a modular unit set up by the state.

In addition, the Ocracoke Community Library, which serves both the school and the community, was recently refurbished and reopened.

Correction: The first day of school is Aug. 28, not Aug. 17, as posted in the original version.

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