WILKES-BARRE – Despite rumors to the opposite, there are no immediate plans to temporarily close Meyers High School for renovations, Wilkes-Barre Area School District Superintendent Jeff Namey said on Sunday.
Namey said he has received several inquiries last week about the possible closure of the school. Times Leader staff also received reports that the school would close and that Meyers students would attend GAR Memorial High School.
Namey said he doesn’t know how the rumor started, but he speculated that it stems from the ongoing repair work on the building’s roof and parapets. He said the parapets are in bad shape, and the school board had been considering having them repaired for the last several years.
During a recent inspection, crews discovered several parapets around the school were in danger of breaking loose and falling, so the parapet work is considered an emergency repair that wasn’t bid out.
Fencing was erected around the building and scaffolding was placed at three entrances on Oct. 5 and could be in place for the rest of the school year, Namey said.
The scaffolding is there to protect students, teachers and visitors entering and exiting the school from possible falling debris from a crumbling parapet; the fencing provides a safety zone around the building. But the extent of the work does not necessitate the school’s closure, he said.
Namey said school board members have been discussing the possibility of having some other major renovations done at Meyers, but discussions are only in initial stages.
If a major renovation project is approved, Namey said it would most likely be necessary to close the school for some period of time. He has said such a project would be “massive in scope,” noting that the school’s auditorium is closed for the rest of the year because of “major problems.”
No plans for transferring students have been discussed, but Namey said Meyers students would likely be spilt between GAR and Coughlin high schools if the board eventually approves a major renovation project.