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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.

Continue to follow Lacey Patch as more information becomes available.

tr September 27, 2011 at 05:30 PM
Architects DiCara and Rubino again being used by the Lacey Board of Education. Fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice, shame on you. Remember the solar project and how their commission was paid. Why do the taxpayers in Lacey continue to let these BOE members and this Administration continue to build their self-serving empire at their expense? Go to the next meeting and scream, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!! "The school district has a small amount of money available in a free balance account" this article reports. That is the problem with this Administrations leadership, there is no such thing as FREE when it come to hard earned taxpayers money being spent. The euducation community members, which dominate the current Lacey BOE, just continue to support their own chosen proffessions adjenda of building their empire to protect their peers in the same industry as they are. Big attitude and vision changes are needed in this boards make up if our towns future is truly going to be served.
Laura Speer September 27, 2011 at 05:59 PM
For real, like we don't pay enough taxes here??? Since home games make the High School money, I think it would make sense to fix the bleachers, don't ya think??? This is really ridiculous anymore.....
treb4 September 27, 2011 at 06:08 PM
But hey the field has a nice new ticket booth and Lion staue!?!?! Those are the same bleachers from day one maybe, just maybe they should have worked on the bleachers and kept the old ticket booth and did away with the statue. Whether they were donated or not think of all that wood used for a ticket booth that could have went towards fixing those bleachers. Half if not more of the boards need replacing!
Silver dollar September 27, 2011 at 06:30 PM
Should DiCarda and Rubino give a estimate. Oh wait . Double it to be sure to get there 7 1/2 % commission? Lets see how the new Superintendent handles this problem ? If we get one.?
Wiseguy September 27, 2011 at 06:31 PM
We do have an inspection program in place in accordance with "NFPA 102: STANDARD FOR GRANDSTANDS, FOLDING AND TELESCOPIC SEATING, TENTS, AND MEMBRANE STRUCTURES"
gettin by September 27, 2011 at 07:04 PM
New ticket booth...what a waste. Gimme a chair and a card table and I'll give you a ticket booth.
lubeitup September 27, 2011 at 07:22 PM
So much for the inspection program might work better if they actually inspected the nearly 30 yr old bleachers
Backtwo September 27, 2011 at 07:58 PM
It seems that many of you have a lot to say about the BOE and the way it has been and is being run, I will be looking forward to seeing you all run for an open seat on the BOE!
KCCS September 27, 2011 at 08:17 PM
Ok you are entitled to your opinion. However, you need to at least have your facts straight. To startthe ticket booth was a donation along with the Lion staue. It had nothing to do with tax payers money. So as far as doing away with the old ticket booth and doing away with the Statue and putting that money towards the bleachers again....DONATION as far as time and money!
KCCS September 27, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Seriously, think about what you said....first of all there is a state law for the bleachers. They cannot and will not be replaced with wood. One does not have anything to do with the other. Yes, I agree the bleachers are unsafe and need to be replaced. However, it simply doesn't have anything to do with the donations that were put towards the ticket booth and the statue.
youseguys September 27, 2011 at 10:10 PM
Dear Kathy 69 million for 4700 kids doling out 4 % raises and nearly free benefits no bid contracts to the these so called professionals Im sorry Kathy couldya splain what exactly they have done thats good? dont forget the conflicts of interest
Backtwo September 28, 2011 at 12:50 AM
Point is, if you have issues and want to see change then do something about it. You can critize and lay blame, but what good is all the "blanket" accusations if you are not willing to foster change. Throw your hat into the ring!
youseguys September 28, 2011 at 01:08 AM
I guess you dont have any issues with nepotism, conflicts of interest, no bid contracts rotten contracts for the taxpayers etc falling test scores and higher expenses
Backtwo September 28, 2011 at 01:10 AM
I am tired of individuals complaining and wanting to see change but are unwilling to be part of a different solution. If you feel change is needed, and you clearly do, then become part of a solution.
Helen September 28, 2011 at 02:22 AM
Don't forget the $24,000 benefit package courtesy of the taxpayer. That's $2,000 a month per employee with family coverage. Just imagine the dollars saved if they contributed toward that premium and added or increased the copays. It's actually revolting that we foot the bill for the entire premium. That's unheard of in private industry these days. So far the public employees remain unaffected by the economy that's imploding. When are these contracts due to be negotiated (by husbands & relatives of employees)? Run for a seat on the BOE to be trashed unprofessional members when you don't agree with them? No thank you. The elected members should do what's right for the taxpayer and the students for a change. The gravy train is running on E.
GB Shore September 28, 2011 at 11:56 AM
Unreal...this is about safety...the bleachers are old and I go to all the games and I do not feel safe sitting on these. Let's keep the incessant politics out of this and focus on the issue and stop trying to turn EVERY damned issue into a political one. The bleachers need to be replaced. As starodub said, let's look at the short term need and loing term need and make the best decision possible. That's it.
LM3 September 28, 2011 at 12:12 PM
I agree with Laura, the money that the school makes at home games should support the cause as well. We were there this past June for my Daughter's HS Graduation and we noticed how bad these bleachers are...very unsafe. I hope they can find a way that won't lead to increasing taxing more...maybe do a few more fund drives or some sort of auction, sales promotion to help fund this project. Where there's a will, there's a way.
youseguys September 28, 2011 at 12:49 PM
If it was about safety you wouldnt be sitting on 30 yr old wooden bleachers.
DC September 28, 2011 at 01:14 PM
The bottom line is something must be done for the safety of our residents and visitors to the stadium. The bleachers are in atrocious condition and need to be properly repaired or replaced. The District needs to find the money (without raising our taxes). I attended every Lacey football game and two graduations last year and was astonished as to the poor condition of the bleachers. Where does all the money go? To the salaries and benefits of teachers and administrators? Someone must take a stand and do what is right for a change.
Silver dollar September 28, 2011 at 01:51 PM
DC Keep in mind that on July 12 2011 the schools received a extra $612.488 in school aid . And decided not to use it . But to save it for the 2012-13 budget . that money is still floating around ? As I have said in the past wait till next year and see what happens I don't wish to sound negitive but it is frightning trying to picture the future?
Tim O'Connor September 28, 2011 at 02:02 PM
You also have to remember the solar project windfall (credit card) money will be gone and the school board will have to deal with the $3,000,000 short fall to! Where are those replacement fund coming from? What until you see the next school budget! There is no money left to replace the bleachers. Please start to ask where is the money coming from?
Michael Glenn September 28, 2011 at 02:53 PM
If it was about safety you wouldnt be sitting on 30 yr old wooden bleachers.,......or cross the street, or get in a vehicle, or use your stove, or take a shower, a bath. Everything has an inherent risk. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. The only difference here is we will sue the hospital over a hangnail, or the school over hurt feelings,...AND WIN the lawsuit.
jets fan September 28, 2011 at 03:28 PM
not from the road to nowhere we wasted a million dollars already filling the coffers of t&m engineering and everyone else that had their hands in the till on that farce.
tiredofthehaters September 28, 2011 at 03:33 PM
I do not have a child in the school, i do not have a relative working for the district nor associated with anyone on the BOE, get a grip everyone!! replace the bleachers and be done with it. Nice to see LM3 must have been VERY involved with the school and her daughter if after 4 years at the high school, first time she noticed the bleachers was at graduation. teehee way to speak up!!
SportsMom September 28, 2011 at 03:38 PM
I heard that home football games are now going to be played at TR North. What a disgrace to Lacey Twp! Its not just the high school students and families who attend these games. All residents from senior citizens to families with young children enjoy going to the home football games. Its a place for the entire community to get together. Where is our Booster Association? Why don't they put together a big fundraiser and try to raise the funds to fix these bleachers? Isn't the purpose of the Booster Association to support our sports teams? What about the football boosters?
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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