Ocean County school ordered to close until October; new owners never secured any permits
An all-boys school in Brick Township was ordered closed until early October following a Wednesday afternoon ruling from a judge.
The religious school sits on the former site of Temple Beth Or. Over the summer, it was converted into a religious high school for boys, but the new owners never secured any permits through the township.
Judge Craig Wellerson demanded the school remain closed through Oct. 5, when testimony will be heard from inspectors who visited the site.
Back on Aug. 20, Brick Township sued the school, operating as Congregation Kehilos Yisrael, for not filing any permits. The school remained open throughout the legal proceedings, and neighbors held several protests in the weeks leading to the decision by the judge.
According to Mayor John Ducey, the school contains multiple fire code violations, including no fire extinguishers or carbon monoxide detectors.
In August, the business administrator told News 12 the township began fining the school $2,000 a day for noncompliance.