Florence-Carlton K-2 building to remain closed Tuesday

Posted at 10:01 PM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-12 00:28:25-04

FLORENCE – Florence-Carlton school officials announced late Monday night that the K-2 building will remain closed as they look to resolve the issue of the snow on the roof.

Classes on Tuesday will instead be relocated to the main building.

Weather permitting, students will have recess before first bells and line up in the same location for teachers to meet them. Parents and guardians can still drop off and pick up on Long Avenue.

Monday, school officials were worried about a dip in the ceiling, so an engineer was called in to evaluate the structure.

It was discovered that the snow weighed roughly 30 pounds per square foot, pushing the max for the structure.

The maintenance department, along with Superintendent Bud Scully, spent most of the afternoon shoveling off the snow. Scully said Monday that they felt that would solve the problem.

“There is no bowing in the trusses or anything, but the roof is supposed to flex a little bit and that’s what caused a little bit of fluctuation in the drop ceiling,” Scully said.

“We’ve been in the roof, the engineer looked in the roof – he’s looked in the trusses. He’s going to send a report, but he said as long as we lighten the load on the roof we should be fine,” he added.

Elementary students were moved to another building on campus on Monday until they could be picked up by their parents.