(August 29, 2012. Brawley) After a weekend filled with over 400 earthquakes, Brawley schools took Monday to clean up the aftermath and check damages. The damage to most schools was superficial with items falling from shelves and ceiling panels falling.
School administration from both the elementary and high school districts went through each room with a state education architect inspector to ensure the safety for the returning students. Brawley schools suffered very little structural damage, triggering an OK for schools to open Tuesday.
Safety for the students and faculty was the top priority for the one day delay. A priority to educate the children was the impetus to clean everything so schools could open Tuesday.
Students as well as faculty and administrators were anxious to resume the 2012-2013 school year.
Although there were still some aftershocks up to a magnitude of 4.2, Monday seemed a bit calmer than Sunday’s marathon quake swarm.
“Sacred Heart is ready,” said Brian Barrett, Principal of Sacred Heart School. “We were shaken, but not stirred! It’s going to be a wonderful year 2012-2013.”