School Restoration Update

January 18, 2018

What we know so far…

• Monday through Friday of next week education will continue online because there is no facility available to receive us at this time, including our own.
• The insurance company has determined that the kaleidoscope wing, which incurred the greatest amount of fire damage, is unsalvageable and, therefore, will be demolished. The demolition will begin once the necessary permits and approvals have been obtained. Plans are in the making to rebuild those classrooms.
• Restoration of the rest of the building which was damaged by soot and smoke is on-going. The middle school (grades 4-8) and the pre-K wings are the least effected and being readied for use.
• The main corridor of the school, and the attached classrooms (grades 1, 2, 3) require more intensive restoration and are the epicenter of activity.

This situation is as frustrating and as exasperating for you as it is for us.

There are so many variables beyond our control. The codes, laws, and safety measures that must be in place concerning the space where children are educated are good for the protection of our children, but are many and limit possibilities.

Know this, your questions are our questions. Where and when will in-classroom teaching commence? As soon as we know you will know. Work is being done around the clock to find these answers.

As soon as we have an approved plan we will communicate it to you immediately. What we continue to learn is the difference prayer can make in every situation: for wisdom, for strength and for endurance.

Please keep us in prayer as we keep you in ours.

/s Rev. Joseph J. Garbarino
/s Principal Barbara Zito
St. Philip the Apostle Preparatory School