Gov. Roy Cooper visited Jacksonville Thursday to see how White Oak High School is progressing after suffering major damage during Hurricane Florence.
The school was closed for 55 days.
Cooper last stopped by about a month and a half ago.
“Last time I was here there was a lot of debris, walls and floors, were being torn up and I was having a hard time imagining that 43 days later the kids could be back at school,” said Governor Cooper.
But Thursday morning, the Vikings continued to stand strong after a third of the school was unusable. Classes had been canceled for almost two months leaving students to focus on their studies somewhere else.
Governor Coopers says at least $10 million was allocated from the state to help Onslow County including White Oak High School.
“Think there’s a lot of promise ahead, there’s a lot of work that has to be done.”
Currently, the school’s cafeteria and the science department are under construction but until it opens, Governor Cooper says he is committed to covering the damage Hurricane Florence left.