Ceiling collapse at Bronxville School. Photo courtesy of Bronxville schools.
The Bronxville Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. Aug. 15 to act on an emergency resolution crafted after a section of the school’s ceiling outside the third-floor B-wing science classroom fell down.
No one was in the building at the time; there were no injuries.
The collapse, which happened around 5 p.m. July 20, indicated other problems in the building’s framework, according to administrators, who asked the district’s architects, construction managers and a structural engineer to inspect the entire building.
Experts said other portions of the third-floor ceiling were “potentially vulnerable based on the age of the building and visual evidence of separation among several ceiling elements: lathe, plaster and furring,” according to the district website.
A remediation plan to reattach ceiling elements and fix other areas that need reinforcement was submitted to Parke East, which has worked on building repairs for Bronxville school, and emergency repairs were authorized by the school board on Aug. 5. Repairs were not to exceed $470,000 and to be done before school opens in September.
Longterm plans are to replace the ceiling, but that would require a referendum.
The Aug. 15 meeting will be held in the district office conference room.