High School Football Bleachers Under Examination After Spectator Broke Through Seat

Structural engineers test school stadium to determine what repairs have to be made

A portion of the football stadium is closed off after a spectator broke through one of the seats at the .

No injuries were reported but the structural engineering firm Harrison and Hammett as well as the architects Di Cara and Rubino are examining the stadium, Superintendent Richard Starodub said.

“They’re doing a thorough evaluation. We’re awaiting the report before we fix anything,” he said.

Harrison and Hammett, who are familiar with the stadium, did an examination of the home and away sides last week, he said. A report should be submitted to the school district by Friday, Sept. 30.

Currently the condition of the stadium is undetermined and it is too soon to say what action will have to be taken and how much it will cost, Starodub said.

“Money is in short supply as you can imagine,” he said.

Once the school board receives the report, they will weigh the expenses for the short-term and long-term and determine which will be more cost effective, Starodub said. The school district has a small amount of money available in a free balance account that can be used when unexpected situations, like this, arise.

A representative from Harrison and Hammett was unable to comment on the matter.

The next home game is on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. against Barnegat High School.

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DC September 28, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Where is the $5,000-$6,000 the District receives for each child that receives reduced or free lunch? This money is provided by the Federal Government to each and every school district in the State. This money could be used for "unexpected" but much needed repairs to school property (instead of salaries/bonuses and benefits).
ruth uveges September 29, 2011 at 09:58 PM
DC - doesn't that pay for their food? I am not being a "smart a** " but honestly asking. Can they use that money for something else besides food? And why do they receive that much? I know my son just graduated from LTHS and lunch was $2.50 per day./ x 180 school days = $450.00 per year (needless to say I didn't pay that much as he missed some days). Why would our federal government give that much? Or is that how they keep the "regular" priced lunch at $2.50? And to everyone else - sorry off topic
JOHNNY Done it October 01, 2011 at 02:50 AM
May be the extra solar money should have went to the bleachers ..haha
JOHNNY Done it October 01, 2011 at 02:54 AM
the money they charge for the tickets should be paying for that Dont they have anO &m budget they should have never gotton to that condition ,IT should have been red flagged by the person in charge of maintanance (routine inspection)
JOHNNY Done it October 01, 2011 at 11:46 PM
I Agree with michael thay is why insurance is so high and laywers are rich ,but maintance was lacking or at least some type of inspection the age is not the issue it was the condition of them , i am sure the frame will be there for another 30


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