Rockland school under the gun to fix repairs before students return

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NEW HEMPSTEAD -

Officials at a Rockland County school are under the gun to fix repairs before students return to school on Monday.

Officials say that the Ateres Bais Yaakov Academy of Rockland has been up and running since September without running water or electricity.

The Health Department inspected the New Hempstead school and found wires coming through the window. It said the school was getting power through extension cords from a house next door. It also said that the home was providing the school with undrinkable well water from a hose.

Another issue at the school is a fire hydrant that officials say is fake.

"It's a homemade device that was installed to get a temporary certificate of occupancy," says Gordon Wren, of Rockland Fire and Emergency Services.

The village of New Hempstead gave the school a temporary certificate of occupancy after Ramapo inspectors said the school met all safety regulations

The school is currently closed due to a holiday, but the 400 girls who attend the private school will return on Monday.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day says that on Monday, inspectors will be at the site and if they find the same conditions, they are going to shut down the school. 

Contractors were working on the site Thursday and said the utility company already set up electricity. News 12 sent an expert to investigate.

"No, the wires are not hooked up. They got all the preliminary work done, that's all," said electrical expert Albert Magnetta.

       

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