WILKES-BARRE — A week and a day after graduation, protective scaffolding started rising Friday along the sidewalk outside Coughlin High School. A review by a structural engineer determined there is some risk of loose masonry falling from the building, and a study is underway to determine the extent of the problem and a course of action.
At a public hearing for input on the 2014-15 budget Monday, Superintendent Bernard Prevuznak said the big concern at Coughlin is a wall inside the courtyard, not accessible to the public, that may be structurally deficient. Prevuznak said he expects a report on the building to be done June 27. Prevuznak did not return a call Friday afternoon.
A similar study is being done at Meyers High School where an inspection raised concerns about loose brick work falling. Parts of that school were also fenced off.
The School Board is also seeking proposals and price quotes for a more comprehensive feasibility study of Coughlin, Meyers and GAR High School, to see what work needs to be done to them, and to evaluate the option of building a new high school to replace Coughlin. That report could take as long as five months.
After the board agreed to that study, they decided to seek additional proposals and price quotes for a complete study of all district schools, though the plan is to conduct that study separately so as not to delay a report on the high schools.