Students who struggle with spelling at Marta Valle High School on New York City’s Lower East Side may have trouble finding positive reinforcement just outside their school property. The New York Post reports that a humiliating spelling error — “SHCOOL X-NG”– has been plastered on the street outside the high school for months:
“It’s embarrassing for the city!” Luis Maldonado, a 50-year-old maintenance worker in the area, told the Post.
“Teaching kids to read and write correctly is very important!”
Residents in the area said construction crews worked on the street over the summer, and a city official told the Post that when utilities or contractors are done working on a city street they are required to restore it correctly and reinstall all marks.
To add insult to injury, it appears that no officials have noticed, let alone reported, the error for months.
“Nothing surprises me anymore at this school,” the school’s PTA President Linda Surles told the Post. “What’s ironic is that the principal has probably painted the lunchroom and rooms inside over about five times since 2010.”
A Department of Transportation spokesman told the Post that they were making arrangements to correct the error promptly, but insisted that the spelling mistake was made by a utility provider not the city or any of its contractors.
ABC News reports on the embarrassing error:
Editor’s note: we realize that “school” is spelled wrong in the title. That’s the point.