MONTCLAIR, NJ - A water leak at Montclair High School over the weekend has caused part of the ceiling to collapse in two classrooms, officials announced Monday.

Room 610 and 612 located in the George Inness Annex were affected. When staff arrived on Monday morning, they observed the damage and contacted maintenance staff.

This comes on the heels of parents being informed Thursday that the stairwell 4 was identified as having a detachment of the concrete nosing of an individual stair. Consequently, stairwell 4 has been closed until further notice. 

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During last Wednesday's Board meeting, a presentation took place identifying all of the buildings and proposed construction projects planned and completed for Montclair Schools.

After the stairwell at Montclair High School collapsed last year, other district structures began to show signs of needed repair. District officials immediately jumped into action by conducting a structural audit of facility conditions. While some repairs have been made, others, such as the stairs at Buzz Aldrin School, are still being addressed.

There were no injuries reported.

Principal Anthony Grosso sent the following letter to parents regarding the ceiling:

Over the weekend, a water leak presented itself in rooms 610 and 612 in the George Inness Annex causing part of the ceiling to fall. This was identified early this morning before students entered the building and Building and Grounds were contacted to assess the situation. At the present time, the Buildings and Grounds Department is in the process of identifying the root cause and performing cleanup. When more information is provided, we will communicate it with the community. In the meantime, all classes in rooms 610 and 612 have been redirected to other classrooms until the issue is identified and repaired.


Anthony M Grosso