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Lawsuit regarding safety of Lynbrook High School concludes

In September 2015, concerns were raised about the safety of the Lynbrook High School (LHS) gym and the presence of cell towers on its roof by a small group of parents at the school. In response, and out of an abundance of caution, FUHSD hired a licensed structural engineer to conduct a seismic review of the LHS gym.

 

The review completed by the engineering firm in January 2016 found that the gym was safe for student use, and that any conclusion to the contrary was not supported by the current building code or building condition. Prior to the structural engineering review, cell tower additions to the LHS gym roof were also certified by the Division of the State Architect in 2010, 2011 and 2013. 

 

On October 6 of this year, a lawsuit brought against FUHSD regarding the safety of the LHS gym concluded. A Santa Clara Superior Court judge sustained the District’s position on the Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint. This ruling indicates that the Plaintiff was unable to state a viable legal claim against the District. The plaintiff had sought to have cell towers removed from the roof of the LHS gym, arguing that the weight of the cell tower equipment made the gym structurally unsound. However, the court ruled in favor of FUHSD. 

 

The District welcomes the end of this costly (in excess of $150,000) and unproductive lawsuit. Addressing a lawsuit such as this adds significantly to the administrative costs of FUHSD. We look forward to devoting our resources to continuing to provide a top-quality education for all students.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Associate Superintendent Graham Clark at (408) 522-2205.

Posted by: Rachel Zlotziver Published:11/2/16
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