(07/09/2010)
Superintendent Roger Propst says a structural problem at Pleasant Hill Elementary School does not pose a safety risk to students returning to class this fall.

Following nearly two years of repairs to sewer lines, floors and walls in the building with repairs funded by the WV School Building Authority, workers discovered a bowed wall in a section adjacent to the school's multi-purpose room and a classroom.

The SBA has already funded $2,200,000 for the repairs at the school, built in 1978.

Propst is issuing a letter to parents regarding the status of the building and current plans to correct the latest problem.

Propst says the multipurpose room will be closed when school starts in the fall, and students will do physical activity outside until the construction is complete and arrangements will be made for meals in another area of the school.

"In the past few days in final preparation for repairing a floor problem in a classroom adjacent to the Multi-Purpose room, a structural problem was found in the back wall of the Multi-Purpose room," Propst said.

A structural engineering firm conducted an investigation of a wall, with a recommendation that students not be allowed in the room, or Room 205 until repairs are made.

"We will comply with all recommendations of the structural engineers, and no students will be in any danger while attending school," said Propst.


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