Boys school in Brick ruled to stay closed to allow inspection of safety issues

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The boys school on Van Zile Road has been ruled by Judge Craig Wellerson to remain closed to allow safety issues to be addressed. (MARK R. SULLIVAN/THE OCEAN STAR)

BRICK TOWNSHIP — The boys school that was operating at the former Temple Beth Or location on Van Zile Road has been ruled to remain closed by a Superior Court Judge until the next hearing on Oct. 14.

An agreement was reached to have the school remain closed as non-zoning safety issues are still being addressed, Judge Craig Wellerson was told by Brick Township Planning Board Attorney Richard Cucchiaro and attorney for the congregation Kehilos Yisroel, Adam Pfeffer.

Mayor John Ducey said that the safety of the buildings has come into question as a number of fire safety requirements have not been fulfilled including designated emergency exits, available fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors.

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The congregation Kehilos Yisroel will need to provide an updated version of the fire safety code within the building and allow the township to inspect the property before the next hearing scheduled on Oct. 14. A status update will then be presented to Judge Wellerson before zoning matters are taken into account likely in a separate hearing. 

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