The Gothic-style main buildings of Marshall High School have long established the Los Feliz campus as a neighborhood landmark. But, earlier this year, fragments of the school’s concrete and brick exterior –”large enough to cause serious harm” – began falling to the ground, prompting the closure of the main entrance and later the installation of temporary scaffolding to shield students and other visitors, reports the Los Feliz Ledger. District officials blame the problem on spalling:
The school’s deterioration is called spalling, according to Roger Finstad, director of maintenance and operations at LAUSD, where the moisture naturally penetrates the concrete over time and causes the steel rebar to rust, leading to expansion and cracking.
Fixing the problem, which began earlier this year, is not going to be cheap. L.A. Unified’s School Construction Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee recently approved spending more than $1.1 million to fix the exterior of the main building. The Ledger said the repairs, which must be reviewed and approved by state officials, are expected to be completed in August 2013.