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Leaking School Roof Raises Concerns For Tornado Parents

Reported: Apr. 2, 2014 9:56 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 3, 2014 12:10 PM EDT
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TORNADO, W.Va. (Taisha Walker) -- Some Tornado parents are fed up with what they are calling poor conditions at Andrews Heights Elementary School.

Buckets are placed throughout school to collect water from a leaking roof. Toni Maynor said she sends her child to school to learn, not to get sick.

"In his classroom alone today, there were five five buckets," Maynor said. “There are a lot of health concerns because there's mold in the ceiling tiles and everything else that's been linked to long-term health effects."

The concern Maynor has is one many parents share.

"The leaking roof I know has started last year and got progressively worse into this year,” Danny Dalton said. “It's a shame you got kids coming into the main entrance of the school and have to walk around water buckets.”

Parents said their problems and concerns have nothing to do with the teaching staff at the school, but with the maintenance crew.

"They won't return your call,” Dalton said. “They don't want to hear it. They're not concerned.”

Superintendent Ron Duerring said portions of the roof at the school have been patched in the past. The only way to stop the leaking is to have those bad parts replaced.

"We are looking at repairs and renovations, and we're hoping the school board authority will come through,” Duerring said. “Probably after July 1, you'll see a new roof go on the portion of that building.”

Parents say a new roof would help put their minds at ease.

Right now, it will cost $15 per square foot to replace the bad sections of the roof. If the SBA approves a proposal for Andrews Heights, Duerring said he plans to add on six new classrooms and renovate the kitchen and the cafeteria.



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