The Walt Whitman North Gymnasium was a Red Cross Emergency Shelter during the first week of Super Storm Sandy, and for many it became much more. It was a place to recharge your batteries, both internal and external. There were hot meals and comforting conversation. Families played board games and others napped in a quiet section of the warm gym.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone held a news conference at Whitman with Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone and other Huntington Officials to give an update on recovery efforts in the County. Bellone spoke with Red Cross volunteers at Whitman, some of whom are from as far away as Texas, thanking them for their effort.

Getting Whitman’s North gym back to normal, as well as the rest of the schools will be a day-to-day operation as the town clears roads laden with downed trees, electrical wires, and a new layer of wet snow. Daily assessments are coordinated between school officials and the Town of Huntington as transporting our students safely, is one of our major concerns.

Repairs to the damaged roof over Whitman’s 200 Wing are proceeding. As we inch closer to life before Sandy, look for updates from the Superintendent via School Messenger and the District Website.