Update on Storm Damage to St. John School in Hollywood

February 10, 2010

On Saturday, February 6, the roof of St. John School in Hollywood, Maryland partially collapsed during a major snowstorm. A number of classrooms, offices, the computer lab and the library, all located in a section of the school built in 1953, were damaged. The original 1924 building remains intact.

Within 24 hours, crews had removed three tons of snow from the collapsed roof, and recovered 90 percent of the furniture, records and computers. Unfortunately, the building could not be saved.

The immediate priority of the pastor and principal is to identify an alternative site where the 190 students can attend classes during rebuilding. The community has been very supportive and a number of other parishes and Catholic schools in St. Mary’s County have offered space. Several options are being evaluated this week to find the best fit. It is likely that the students at St. John School will not return to class until February 22.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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