May 25, 2018
Dear Parents and Students of Brooklyn High School,
Recently there have been news reports about Brooklyn High School and the continued issues of water intrusion in some areas and classrooms due to the aging roof. This is a concern that the district is aware and taking action to solve. Roof repair personnel have been in District regularly to address the leaks and the most damaged roof areas.
The Brooklyn Board of Education placed the permanent improvement levy on the May and November 2017 ballots. Those two ballot issues proposed to have an additional ½ mil added to the permanent improvement account for the purposes of funding a new roof for BHS. As we know, both levies failed.
The Brooklyn City Schools recently placed an operating renewal levy on the ballot at the beginning of this past month. Thank you for your support as this renewal issue passed overwhelmingly. This renewal is for operating expenses and did not provide any additional money for the school district, only maintained our current funding.
Currently, our custodial and cleaning staff members have been asked to clean up any leak that occurs on a daily basis. This is to preserve as clean an environment as possible. When cleaned regularly, the District will preserve a safe environment for our students and staff members.
Some recent reports show a blackish substance leaking on walls. This is produced when water mixes with the tarring substance that has been used to adhere to the old roof membrane. Unfortunately, from years of wear, this membrane has broken and water has leaked below it. Eventually, this moisture along with the tar finds its way to ceiling tiles and onto walls.
I understand and appreciate the unsightliness of these water and roof issues. I do not want this environment for your students and the staff of Brooklyn. For that reason, the district is exploring alternative repair measures with our roofing company that could fit with the District’s limited budget. These may not be as ideal as a new roof but could provide some relief to some of the more concerning areas of the roof.
Again I want to reiterate that the district will continue to clean up any water intrusion on a regular basis in order to keep our environment safe for our students and our staff members. Thank you.
Dr. Mark Gleichauf
Brooklyn City Schools
May 25, 2018