Boyertown's Post-Sandy restoration

TIMESS PHOTO BY REBECCA BLANCHARD Carl Williams of Hereford and John Techman of Boyertown check out the massive fallen trees in the park.

More than a week after Sandy, and Boyertown is nearly restored to normalcy.

“I think the borough fared much better than we had feared, and I believe most people affected by the storm here have recovered and are back to normal,” said Chief Barry Leatherman of Boyertown Police.

The Boyertown Community Park lost several trees as a result of the storm, therefore the Borough of Boyertown has decided to close the park until the area is cleared and safe for visitors. Borough crews are working to restore the area quickly.

It is suspected the new walking trail may have sustained damage in two spots.

In reference to area schools, Boyertown Area and Oley Valley schools districts remained closed for three days last week to ensure the safety of students and staff, Oct. 29 to Oct. 31. All of the schools reopened reopened Thursday, Nov. 1, with the exception of Boyertown’s Washington Elementary which regained power on Nov. 1 and openned on Nov. 2.

The Berks Career & Technology Center East Campus regained power on Nov. 2, and opened to students on Monday, Nov. 5.

According to Substitute SuperintendentRobert Scoboria, the district is looking at possible adjustments to the marking period; the district will be communiting with the parents as decisions are made.

Boyertown Area schools experienced minimal damage as a result of the storm. Counslors and staff are working with families in need in order to link them with avaiable supports.

“I’d like to give a special thanks to the custodial staff and maintence crews that have worked quickly and effiecently for proper recovery of the district’s buildings,” said Scoboria.

Families in need of assistance are encouraged to contact school counselors and principals for support.