Central Tech fire update

School Board meets to decide next steps

Nearly a week after fire damaged Central Tech, the Erie School Board met to decide what happens next.

Erie school board members gathered to discuss the immediate concerns facing the soon to be renamed Central Tech High School.   Although the fire occurred almost a week ago, there are still concerns that delicate equipment could be damaged by the remaining soot and water left behind after the fire was extinguished.  
 
Erie's Fire Chief, Guy Santone, says while they can't go into the building, there is sufficient evidence from cameras that were outside the school that will help rule out foul play.  They have viewed all the external video and there is no suspicious activity to report.  Santone says they are close to ruling the fire accidental.
 
Incoming Superintendent, Brian Polito, told us, "they discovered we had a lot of humidity in our shop wing that had the most structural damaged and they recommended that we immediately start remediation there just to make sure that the equipment there, like out CNC machines, don't receive any damage."
 
The danger inside the building is mostly caused by the second story floor.  The floor is bowing and engineers fear a collapse could happen at any time.
 
The decision to hold an emergency meeting came after a walk-through with inspectors and insurance representatives.  Last night's agenda focused on sealing the damaged area of the school, while a contractor for the reconstruction will be voted on at a later date.
 
"When there is immediate peril that could come upon property or life - in this case is was determined that the value of the property that could be harmed by the need for the remediation, if it wasn't taken care of was such that it was important to hold this emergency meeting," Timothy Wachter, Erie Schools Solicitor.
 
The soon to be named Erie High School was already scheduled to receive renovations to prepare for next school year's consolidation.  Now, there is no time to waste.  The school board is expected to vote on a contractor Monday evening.
 
District Administrators say crews were in the building today working on humidity remediation.  Contractors were also doing a walk-through to put quotes together to submit to the district on the remediation for the entire building.  
 
Polito added, "we are hoping to have all the remediation, at least for the soot and smoke, by July 15th; so we are ready for the project by Serve Erie that will start July 21st ".
 
 

 


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