LBI Grade School Structural Report Expected at Next School Board Meeting

Aug 15, 2018

When the Long Beach Island Consolidated Board of Education meets next week, it expects to hear an updated report from Frank Little of Owen, Little and Associates of Beachwood regarding an inspection of the district’s two schools and the April 2015 evaluation of the LBI Grade School.

Earlier this year, the board retained Little to begin putting together a proposal to update the April 2015 report. Little, president of the firm, coordinated the 2015 structural review of both the LBI Grade School and the Ethel A. Jacobsen School, performed by Harrison-Hamnett PC of Pennington.

The LBI School, built with a structural steel roof framing that consists of open web steel joists, steel beams supporting the metal roof deck and steel columns, underwent a shoring-up project in 2015. The $287,000 project was based on plans prepared by Harrison-Hamnett PC and recommended in a report compiled by Little, the engineer for all the Island municipalities, following a study of the two schools. That report estimated these temporary repairs at $75,000. Shore Connection, though, as the board pointed out at the time, was the only bidder through two bid periods.

The safety of the LBI Grade School was at the epicenter of a debate over the necessity of an $18.4 million referendum focused on expanding and renovating the E.J. School in Surf City. Voters in three Island communities rejected that plan last September. If approved, students and faculty from the LBI Grade School would have merged into the E.J. School beginning next month.

The Aug. 21 meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the media center at the LBI Grade School in Ship Bottom.  —G.G.S.

 

 

 

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