February 18, 2014 at 11:08 AM
UPDATE- In an update to the roofing question that caused all Sparta public schools to dismiss early, Superintendent Dennis Tobin explains that a staff member noticed a ceiling tile falling when entering an annex classroom this morning at Helen Morgan Elementary school. This was reported to the custodial staff who removed the tile and inspected the roof. was reported to the custodial staff who removed the tile and inspected the roof.
Tobin states, "That inspection revealed a structural issue with one of the supporting roof trusses."
The students assigned to that section of the building were, instead, conducted to the cafeteria. It is reported that no student occupied the compromised classroom at any time today.
Tobin reiterates all Sparta public schools will remain until the inspection process is completed. When it is determined all of the buildings are safe they will be reopened. Tobin promised, " I will personally provide daily updates to our school community regarding the status of this matter and when we can expect our schools to reopen."
SPARTA, NJ-Sparta public schools will be operating on an early dismissal schedule on Tuesday. The reason for the unplanned early dismissal is over concern about the structure of the roof when a small buckle was identified in a classroom at the Helen Morgan Elementary school. It is suspected that the ice and snow on the roof may have caused the defect. The roof has not collapsed.
Superintendent of Schools Dennis Tobin, Linda Alvarez and Keith Gourlay are present in that building. As a precaution all of the schools are dismissing early and will remain closed until all of the district school's roofs can be inspected. Once that inspection has been complete and all of the roofs have been determined to be safe, the schools will reopen.
Tobin's office states additional information will be sent to parents. That will likely be this evening.
Mohawk Avenue School has already closed and dismissed children for the day. There are no children in that building.
Alpine School will release students at 1:05 p.m.
Helen Morgan will release students at 12:05 p.m.
Sparta Middle School will release students at 12:40 p.m.
Sparta High School will release students at noon.
Sparta High School Athletic Director's office reports the Varsity Ski race will go ahead as planned at Mountain Creek. The basketball games, however, are cancelled.