Kicking the Can

Nov 20, 2019

To the Editor:

The upcoming referendum vote on Dec. 10 for $7.6 million to rehab and update the LBI Grade School building should not be put to rest, as suggested by the new incoming board of education member from Long Beach Township, Brielle Hoffacker.

In 2002 (17 years ago) structural repairs were done to the floor beams in the easterley wing of the school along 20th Street. Those repairs in recent inspections were intact with no required further work to be done to them. Had the board continued with the rest of the repairs in 2002 we would not be facing the rehab now.

For the past 10 years the board has argued over the consolidation issue and nothing has been done to this building with the exception of minor repairs and maintenance. Every homeowner knows that we live in an area that is unique. Saltwater and salt air are the enemy.

We have a second chance to fix this building properly and now is the time. Let’s not kick the can down the road again.

There is a faction of the school board that can’t get past the consolidation issue and see how important fixing the LBI Grade School building is to the students occupying this space. The integrity of the structure should be first and formost on their minds. The children of our community deserve nothing less.

Dec. 10 is the time to cast your vote to pass this referendum and move forword.

A footnote if I may: To the person who sought me out at the Surf City town hall meeting to make the remark in reference to a prior letter I wrote in The SandPaper that engineer Frank Little (who heads this project) was only hired by the five municipalities because he pleases the mayors: You should know better than that, being a professional educator for many years now retired.

Nancy Henderson

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