Superintendent Dr. Rui Dionisio sent out an email this evening about the problems in Rooms 108, 109and 110. He said that, earlier this summer, the district discovered a sagging plaster ceiling in nearby Room 110. “At that time, I requested a precautionary inspection of the entire school, which resulted in no additional structural issues or safety concerns,” Dionisio wrote. The district initiated repairs on Room 110, and the contractor is close to completing that project.
But Dionisio wrote that, this morning he was informed of potential problems in Room 108 and Room 109. He said that vapor pressure causing the nails that adhere the plaster lath to the furring strips in the ceiling to become detached. Laning Avenue is Verona’s oldest existing school building, and recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Dionisio said he ordered another inspection of the entire school and found no other safety issues.
“We take the safety of our students and staff very seriously,” Dionisio said. “Based on my conversations with building professionals and engineers, I have made the decision to relocate both classrooms as a precaution until the identified issues can be properly repaired with an inspection that deems the classrooms safe to return.” Dionisio said he has ordered a full inspection of all Verona school buildings with a certified structural engineer, which he expects to take place soon. “In the meantime, we will continue to monitor our buildings closely but we have no reason to believe that there are any safety issues at this time,” he wrote.
“I recognize that this situation is not ideal. There is no doubt that this circumstance is unfortunate and inconvenient. However, we will work through this issue as we do all others – in a constructive, efficient, and productive manner – to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff. I have discussed this matter with Laning Avenue School Principal Mr. Freund and members of our Laning staff. We reviewed alternate options to temporarily relocate both affected classrooms until the ceiling issue can be appropriately remedied. I can assure you that Mr. Freund and our teachers are making the necessary adjustments to the school day until the appropriate repairs are completed. We anticipate these repairs to be completed within two weeks.
“I would like to acknowledge the professionalism, flexibility, and resilience of our staff as they modify their plans and make accommodations to provide our students with the best possible learning experience. Their positive attitude and efforts are greatly appreciated. Please feel free to contact me should you have any further questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. Wishing you and your family a wonderful school year.”