Falling ceiling tiles in Perry Elementary

Superintendent Steven Keifer reviewed a recent incident of ceiling tiles falling in Perry Elementary with school directors at the Hamburg Area school directors meeting on Oct. 22.

Plaster fell from the ceiling onto a drop ceiling, causing a 7’ x 10’ corner area of the drop ceiling to fall in a fourth grade classroom, which is located in the old section of the school, according to Keifer.

“Students were in the classroom at the time and fortunately no one was hurt,” Keifer said. “Classes were moved to the library.

“Berks Fire & Water, the architect and our facilities personnel were on the scene quickly and the problem was corrected by 9 p.m. The whole building was checked. Four or five pieces of cracked plaster (at other areas) were found and patched.”


Perry Elementary will be demolished following the current school year to make way for a new elementary school.

In other news, administrators announced that nominations are being sought for the Fine Arts Hall of Fame, as well as the Academic Hall of Fame.

The Fine Arts Hall of Fame recognizes persons in the school community who have distinguished themselves in music, theater, literature, dance, visual art or folk art.

Nominees must be former graduates (prior to 2009), former employees or individuals who have contributed significantly to the fine arts programs in the school district.

The 10th annual inductions will take place on May 16 at the spring concert. Nomination forms are available on the district’s website or by contacting the high school and are due by Dec. 31.

The Academic Hall of Fame recognizes alumni for their careers and life achievements, which began with their academic preparation in the school district.

Nominees must have graduated at least 20 years ago.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 31. The selection committee consists of community, business and school personnel.

Induction will be held at the honors banquet in the spring.

In other news, school directors voted to purchase a sign for Perry Elementary Center Dedicated to Esther H. Ludwig from Stewart America’s Premier Sign Co. at a cost of $17,534.

The next meeting of school directors is Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the James A. Gilmartin Community Room.