Update: Despite some $500,000 to $1 million in damages from overnight storms, William T. Dwyer High will open on Tuesday, school district officials reported Monday evening. So too will the Upper School at The Benjamin School.
Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens is closed today due to storm damage. The storm tossed some metal bleachers into the road, a fence is down and sporting debris is piled against it. Buildings on campus also suffered, but officials say they are awaiting an afternoon walk-through before detailing the problems.
Expect to wait until then to learn when the school will reopen.
Meanwhile, teachers and staff are being told not to come to work because it’s unsafe. All other Palm Beach County public schools are open, though at least one other, Marsh Pointe Elementary in Palm Beach Gardens, had some touch-and-go moments with power, district spokeswoman Julie Houston Trieste said this morning.
The Benjamin School’s upper school on Grandiflora Road is also closed due to storm damage. The lower and middle school campus remain open.
Dwyer High sits at 13601 N. Military Trail. It was built in 1990 and upgraded in 2006. In a 2016 assessment of building conditions on the district’s campuses, Dwyer was rated ‘fair’.
It is listed among the schools due to get a new roof and a long list of other repairs and replacements with money from the penny sales tax that voters approved in November.