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Perennial problems may close school

January 05, 2009
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KINGWOOD, WV — Southern Preston Middle School may close if necessary repairs are deemed too expensive, according to West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
The school has long dealt with a leaky roof, a crumbling façade, sinking floors and significant structural damage, the story stated.
Proper inspection of the building alone would costs upwards of $500,000 and would disturb student life at the school, the story noted.
Bill Elswick, executive director of the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of School Facility, said: “Unfortunately, the type of review that’s necessary would require exposure of all of the structural members, which would typically take out the ceilings, and the students cannot be present when that occurs."
The school is poised to hold a special election to gauge whether or not residents are willing to raise funds to save the school, the story added.
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