MOONACHIE - School districts across the state are scrambling to get ready for the new school year, but to those that were shut down by Superstorm Sandy, the task is even more monumental.
The first day of class at the Robert L. Craig School in Moonachie will be even more special. School officials were faced with devastating damage once the waist-high floodwaters receded.
Students and teachers were squeezed into a school in nearby Wood-Ridge just after the storm. In January, trailers were brought in to serve as temporary classrooms.
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Superintendent Frank Scarafile hopes opening the school again will be a big morale-booster. "We'll be able to provide a more stable environment and get them back into a regular routine," he says.
Teachers and staff hope that once school opens on Sept. 5, they can put memories of the storm behind them and concentrate on a new beginning.
Administrators in Moonachie will then hold a rededication ceremony for the school on Sept. 12.