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Parents Concerned About Leaky Roof at Piedmont Elementary

Reported: Apr. 4, 2014 1:05 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 4, 2014 1:51 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON W.Va. (Fallon Pierson) -- All the rain the area has been experiencing is causing problems at some Kanawha County schools.

In many classrooms and hallways, students dodge buckets catching water from leaky roofs.Some parents at Piedmont Elementary are concerned about their children's safety. Parent Kathy Legg said she is worried about tiles falling down and hitting children.

Legg said that since November, they have been dealing with a leaky roof and missing ceiling tiles.

"If there's a lot of moisture, there may or may not be mold," Legg said. "It's an older school, so you don't know what's in those tiles."

There is dripping water and buckets in several areas of the school, including the library.

Piedmont Elementary Principal Beth Sturgill said the situation does not look good aesthetically.

"There are some buckets and trash cans in the hallyway that you have to sort of maneuver your way around. It's pretty bad," Sturgill said. "We have WESTESTs coming up. One of the areas affected is where our computers are."

This isn't the only Kanawha County school dealing with maintenance issues, however.

Terry Hollandsworth, executive director of maintenance for Kanawha County, said Central Elementary, South Charleston Middle School, Marmet, Piedmont, McKinley and Sharon Dawes also are dealing with problems.

So why can't issues like these be resolved more quickly?

Hollandsworth said it's a process the school board has to go through, staying within budgets and fixing the worst damage first.

"We gather the requisitions up. We get them to our purchasing department. They put it out for bid, to make sure we get the lowest bidder," Hollandsworth said.

Not to mention this winter has made conditions tough for repairs. But for Legg, it's too little too late.

"It needs fixed. Our kids are very important. They're our future, and we need to take care of them," Legg said.



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