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Severe Storm Damage to Bishop Baraga School
On Sunday, July 19, we received word of significant damage to Bishop Baraga School (Cheboygan) as a result of that morning’s severe storms. Bishop Walter Hurley and Frank Sander, Superintendent, have been in contact with Bishop Baraga staff to continue evaluating the damage and move forward with next steps.
The initial assessment reveals that major damage occurred to the entire building, either by destroyed roof, walls or water. All utilities are currently turned off to the building, and no one is allowed inside at the current time. A message was shared by Fr. Duane Wachowiak, Pastor, and Kitty LaBlance, Principal, with the families of the Bishop Baraga School on Sunday, informing of the damage and directing all school phone calls to the parish office at 231-627-2105.
Bishop Hurley stated: “My prayers are with all at the parishes in Cheboygan and Bishop Baraga School. I am saddened to see the extensive damage caused by the storm. This is both disappointing and challenging for the school community as they continue preparing for the start of a new academic year, one which already will have unique challenges due to the pandemic. However, I am grateful to our Lord that school was not yet in session when this happened and that all were kept safe. We will continue to support the staff, faculty and families as plans for the start of the school year continue and facility restoration begins.”
As plans for repairs and the start of the academic year continue to be made, further information will be made available. Please join in prayer, both in thanksgiving that no one was injured and for all involved during the next steps.