Ramapo Town sues Monsey school over safety violations

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The Town of Ramapo is suing a Monsey school for girls that's been apparently operating without running water and a slew of other violations.

School officials say they're fixing several safety violations at the Congregation Bais Chinuch Ateres Bnos, which has more than 300 students.

Just last week, Ramapo fire inspectors took photos inside the building on Route 306. Images show cracked ceilings, hanging wires and blocked exits. Officials also say the school was using a garden hose for water after the building's pipes burst in the cold. The school is also operating with an expired temporary certificate of occupancy, authorities say.

MORE: Ramapo school used hose for water after pipes burst

School officials say students were in class Friday, even though the town has posted on the building that it is unsafe. That's what authorities say prompted Ramapo's lawsuit.

The town wants a judge to grant a temporary restraining order.

"They have to vacate the school until it is safe," says Town Supervisor Michael Specht.

School administrators will face a judge Monday. They say they hope to have repairs completed by then.

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