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Brooklyn High school roof leaks have parents, teachers and students demanding solutions

Posted at 10:04 PM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 22:04:25-04

Brooklyn High School parents, teachers and students report they're tired of dealing with roof leaks that have plagued the school for more than a year.

Brooklyn parents sent a series of recent pictures to News 5, showing water stained ceilings, walls and floors.

The pictures also show buckets and garbage cans positioned in various rooms and hallways, set-up to catch water from chronic leaks.

Mark Benyo told News 5 his son, a 9th grader at the high school, has dealt with the leaks for far too long.

"Brown gravy running down the walls, running down the stairs and collecting on the floor," said Benyo.

"Garbage cans sitting all over, collecting nasty looking water."

"That doesn't look cosmetic in the pictures I see.  That's dangerous if you ask me."

"The teachers should not have to work in these conditions, and our kids definitely should not have to go to school in these conditions."

Brooklyn Schools Superintendent Mark Gleichauf told News 5 the roof leak doesn't present a health or safety issue, but admitted his team is now exploring betters way to make temporary repairs while the district searches for badly needed funds.

Gleichauf issued the following statement in response to our story:

“Brooklyn High School is in need of a new roof as it is well over 20 years old. The District placed a permanent improvement levy on the ballot twice in 2017 for the purpose of generating more money for facility projects such as a new roof for BHS. Unfortunately it lost both times, the second by just two votes in November 2017.

The District placed an operating levy renewal on the ballot in May 2018. Yes, that did pass, but did not generate any new funds for the District only maintained current funds for operating expenses not facility projects.

Our facility challenges continue. We have dealt with a number of leaks this past year and clean up any water intrusion on a daily basis in order to keep a safe environment for our students and staff members.
The District is discussing more aggressive repair options that are less expensive than an entirely new roof. It is our hope that these alternative options could address some of the more problematic areas of the BHS roof.”

News 5 first reported on the conditions in August 2017, but parents like Antoinette Sliwinski said little has changed in the past 10 months. 

"I sure hope they get it taken care of, because from what I heard it could be pretty dangerous," said Sliwinski.

"I see it on Facebook, because I belong to the Brooklyn site.  I see the pictures on there, and some of them are students posting them.  So it's terrible."