Letter to the Editor: North Bergen Preschool Parents Beware

Dear Hudson TV,

On July 17 I sent North Bergen, Hudson County and state officials 68 photos showing deplorable conditions at the 17 trailer North Bergen Preschool, which has illegally occupied Braddock Park since 2001.

These photos show electrical and fire hazards, structural defects, animal infestation (groundhog holes under virtually every school trailer) and improper drainage.

During Hurricane Sandy, a tree limb fell onto electric wires, which fell onto a trailer, burning two Preschool trailers down.

The photos show tree limbs resting on electric wires very close to the trailers; a fire could easily occur again.

They also show conduit on the trailers missing hardware, falling down, holes in walls, drainage gutters and ventilation covers missing, nests in wires, etc.

According to North Bergen (August 19), these 16-year-old school trailers “are typically leased for five years” and they have aged beyond their useful life.

These conditions still exist today, while just several feet away — North Bergen is replacing artificial turf on its high school football field and putting a new roof on their recreational building.

The Preschool is supposed to be moved out of Braddock Park within two years. Preschool students, teachers and parents deserve a safe school for the next two years.

Please relay this message to the New Jersey Department of Education: commissioner@doe.state.nj.us

Sincerely,
Robert Walden

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