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Repairs continue at Prince Edward County Elementary School

Repairs continue at Prince Edward County Elementary School

Posted at 2:22 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2022

FARMVILLE – At the start of the school year, the students have new clothes, new shoes and new supplies. Luckily for Prince Edward County Elementary School students, this year they also have new repairs to their roof.

At the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors meeting in August, Superintendent Dr Barbara Johnson provided an update on the status of ongoing repairs at the school. According to Johnson, repairs were needed to all school buildings, A through G, due to leaks.

Repairs to building G are complete, however there is a possible new leak in the music room closet. There will be an investigation to see how serious this new possible leak is and how to fix it. Despite the suspected leak, the music room is fine and safe.

Leaks at Prince Edward County Elementary School

Over the years there have been many leaks in the roof of the elementary school. Unfortunately, no matter how many times the roof was repaired, the leaks kept coming back and moving to new places. As winter snowstorms and rainstorms battered the roof throughout the year, parents expressed many concerns about the condition of the school.

At the Supervisory Board meeting in November 2021, the board voted on a plan to replace the roof and renovate the classrooms to modernize them. This came after the board voted at the September 2021 meeting to include renovations or replacing the capital improvement plan for 2022-2024.

Where are the leaks?

Building E is where most of the serious leaks are located. This building also houses the two classrooms that were completely closed and unusable due to leaky mold. According to Johnson, the classrooms have been professionally cleaned and there is no mold left in the building.

“These classrooms are doing well,” Johnson said. “The two classrooms, however, the ones we had closed are still closed, and that’s because we haven’t put ceiling tiles or floor tiles back in that room because we’re still leaking. This work is not complete in building E, so the question is why put the new floor and ceiling tiles there when all this work has not been done.

There are still small works to be done in the remaining buildings which are currently taking place. For this reason, the primary school currently has no major leaks to worry about.

“There are no major leaks…but we’re monitoring it very carefully,” Johnson said.