RAMAPO, N.Y. -- Emergency funds have been secured to repair the leaky roof at a Spring Valley school, says state Sen. David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester).
Carlucci appeared with interim Superintendent Deborah Wortham and other school officials at the Ramapo High School Wednesday, Feb. 3, to announce that $1 million has been found for the project.
Students and staff there have long complained of unbearable moldy odors caused by the leaks.
Two classrooms at the Viola Road school have been rendered unusable by the problem, Carlucci's staff said.
Carlucci said that money for the repairs will be allocated through the State and Municipal Facilities Funding Program overseen by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY).
It can only be used, he said, to cover costs associated with this specific project.
“High school is difficult enough without students having to worry if the roof is going to collapse on them,” the senator said.
Wortham thanked Carlucci, saying that the school board, students, staff, and community were able to convey a "sense of urgency" about the situation.
"Students who are healthy, safe, supported, engaged and challenged will succeed,” she added.
Dennis Walcott, state-appointed monitor of the troubled East Ramapo school district, also thanks Carlucci, saying that repairing the school's roof "will benefit a generation of students and alleviate a deplorable situation."
Last year, residents of the struggling East Ramapo school district defeated a bond to spend $40 million on repairs districtwide, and the high school was cited two years ago for mold and vermin, according to a report by lohud.
Carlucci toured the facility with school officials Monday, Feb. 1, and got an eyeful of gaping holes in drop ceilings and garbage pails catching drips from the leaky roof.
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