LAUDERHILL -- This could spell trouble for a group of pavement painters.
Just a block away from an elementary school subcontractors goofed and stenciled the pavement with the letters “scohol.” Yep, you read that right; “scohol” instead of “school.”
The crew seemingly failed to spell check its work with the nearby signs for Banyan Elementary School.
The stenciling happened earlier this week by a subcontractor hired by a Broward County’s contractor, M. Vila & Associates, according to Brad Terrier, assistant director for the county’s Highway Construction and Engineering Division.
“We do review the work, unfortunately it seems like we may have not gotten to that review as of yet,” Terrier said on Friday afternoon, just hours after he was alerted to the error from news reports.
Calling the misspelling incident “very, very rare,” Terrier said officials were repainting the sign Friday.
A crew was seen redoing the pavement marking Friday afternoon.
“Our focus has been getting it corrected at this point, Terrier said. “We are still trying to figure out some of the circumstances and looking into what the issues are.”
Jerome Seleznow, 76, who lives just yards from the sign said Friday that the entire neighborhood was dumbfounded by the mistake.
“It’s stupid, stupid, stupid,” said Seleznow. “A school sign (spelled wrong) next to the school. Stupid.”
Broward County School District spokeswoman Nadine Drew said she was surprised by the error, adding she was glad officials were working to quickly correct it. “I’m sure everyone would be happy with the fix,” she said.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time the word “school” has been misspelled near a school. In June of 2009, a painter spelled the word the same way, “scohol,” on the pavement in a school zone at Goulds Elementary School in southwest Miami-Dade County.
Maybe the county should hold pop quizzes and show up at the next pavement marking.