Northport Board to Relocate Some Pupils for Roof Repair

Kindergartners and first graders at Ocean Avenue Elementary School will be relocated to another school for the fall semester because roof repairs are taking longer than expected.

Superintendent Robert Banzer told parents in a letter that “What we initially hoped was a minor problem is, unfortunately, a much larger issue that has resulted in the need to completely replace that section of roof. Due to safety reasons, students and staff cannot occupy B-wing until the roof has been

Banzer recommended and the school board voted in an emergency meeting Wednesday to move all kindergarten and first graders at Ocean Avenue to Norwood Avenue Elementary School until the expected completion of repair in January.

Banzer noted that students were first relocated in late June out of the B-wing. “I understand that this situation is not ideal – especially for those kindergarten students (and parents!) who were looking forward to beginning the year at Ocean Avenue,” Banzer wrote. “I can assure you that we are committed to providing a warm, welcoming environment at Norwood and making the transition as smooth as possible for our students. I’d like to emphasize that this is a temporary situation.”

The district plans an open house starting at 9 a.m. Aug. 5 at Norwood for affected families.

For general questions, families can email [email protected]

Ocean Avenue is a K-5 school with just under 500 students, according to


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