Five weeks ago I sent North Bergen officials photos showing deplorable conditions at the 17 trailer North Bergen Preschool, located in Braddock Park.
These photos show electrical and fire hazards, structural defects, animal infestation (groundhog holes under virtually every school trailer) and improper drainage.
Instead of repairing the Preschool these past five weeks, North Bergen is replacing the artificial turf on its HS football field, a few feet from the Preschool.
During Hurricane Sandy, a tree limb fell onto electric wires, which fell onto a trailer, burning two Preschool trailers down.
These photos show tree limbs resting on electric wires and touching the trailers; a fire could easily occur again.
These photos show conduit on the trailers falling down and broken, unattached hardware, holes in walls, drainage downspouts and ventilation covers missing, nests in wires, etc.
On 08-19-16, North Bergen stated these 16 year-old school trailers “are typically leased for 5 years” and they have “aged beyond their useful life.”
On 11-05-14, North Bergen stated these trailers are “constantly checked for mold and other environmental problems”, but my request for public records showing environmental test results came back with no records found.
The Preschool is supposed to be moved out of Braddock Park within two years.
In its current condition, the Preschool should not be re-opened until repairs are made.
Students, teachers and parents deserve a safe school for the next two years.
Please write the NJ Department of Education: Melissa.Pearce@doe.state.nj.us