Robinson’s campus post-Maria – battered, but not broken
By September 26, Robinson School had closed its campus and put its hurricane protection plan into effect for the second time in as many weeks. Our maintenance staff secured the campus as best they could: putting up storm windows at the Boarding School; bringing in or tying down any potential projectiles; and protecting our Chapel’s historical stained-glass window, among so many other precautions. Nothing could have prepared Robinson or Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria. That said, Robinson, our beautiful campus, survived thanks to its sturdy architecture and its hardworking maintenance and security staff.
Cindy Ogg (Head of School) was joined by Carl Kortum (Board of Trustees president), Jannette Santiago (Operations Manager), and Willie Rivera (Maintenance and Security Director) to assess the damage on Friday, September 22, forty-eight hours after Hurricane Maria hit. That same day, members of our dedicated maintenance staff began the clean-up.
Damaged areas include the following:
- Robinson School Chapel – windows and stained glass
- New outdoor Cafeteria area
- North Entrance – Benches
- South Entrance – New gate
- Robinson Garden and Aquaponics gates
- Toddler House
- Fallen trees and debris
Source: Cindy Ogg, Head of School
Over the weekend, fallen trees had been chopped and removed, the majority of the trees on campus were straightened, and debris removed. Major clean-up and rebuilding took place over the week of September 25 – 29. Robinson families, students and staff showed up ready to help.
Source: Scott Monaghan, Class of 1975
A special thanks to Robinson’s top administration, IT, and maintenance and security team. They worked tirelessly over the week after Maria to make sure our students returned to an environment that was safe, secure and, most of all, familiar. Once again, we are grateful that Robinson’s Heart of Service shines in action across all of Puerto Rico during this unprecedented catastrophe.
On Friday, September 29, Cindy Ogg gathered with Robinson faculty and staff on campus to discuss the plan moving forward. Of course, the emotional well-being of our students was the top priority, along with their academic progress. We are confident that the character – the resilience and persistence – our students develop at Robinson will help them through this difficult time and contribute to Puerto Rico’s recovery.