MONTCLAIR, NJ - Families of students at Glenfield Middle School received a letter on Tuesday stating that cracks and splits were found in the roof of the school during routine structural evaluations.
As a result, two classrooms have been closed temporarily. The schedule of repairs, has not yet been announced.
This announcement comes on the heels of Montclair High School closing temporarily in September, due to a collapsed staircase. Each building in the district, will undergo routine structural evaluations to determine whether repairs need to be made, school officials announced, following the collapse.
Acting Principal of Glenfield, Cheryl Hopper, wrote:
As you are aware, the district is diligently completing the process of structural evaluations for each school in Montclair. After the evaluation was completed at Glenfield yesterday, it was discovered that two large timber roof trusses in the south attic area, above the circa 1896 original building, exhibited cracks and splits. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, we will temporarily close rooms 336 and 337 until we are able to assess the condition of the trusses, and determine a plan for providing an adequate repair schedule.
As always, the safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance. The closing of two classrooms may be inconvenient, but I’m sure you will agree that working to provide a safe learning environment takes precedence.
By the close of business on Friday, I will keep you updated as to next steps. Thank you for your support as we move forward.
According to Hopper, parents will be given an update by Friday.