10 rooms inside Bronxville's school building will be undergoing emergency repairs as school starts, after a partial hallway ceiling collapsed on July 26. Contractors told district officials that a number of classrooms, in addition to the hallway itself, could be at risk. Contractors say the rooms, which are under attic space, were constructed with wood joists, rather than a concrete deck.
"…we are fortunate that the initial collapse occurred with no one in the building, and at a point in time when we can recover with minimal disruption to the educational process," said Bronxville Superintendent David Quattrone.
Six third floor rooms in the high school and four middle school rooms on the third floor will be closed due to construction, as the school year begins. Right now, workers are trying to finish asbestos abatement work by August 28.
The district says that when school is in session, most of the work will be done during off hours, through the first month of school. Classes that were set to be held in the closed classrooms will be moved to other parts of the school.
The Bronxville school building was constructed back in 1920.