Concerns About Roof Leaks at Kanawha School


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Some parents in Kanawha County are worried about school safety. They're aggravated about a leaking roof at their children's school -- this time at Piedmont Elementary.

The concern stems from water causing ceiling tiles to become soggy and water dripping near light fixtures.

Amanda Evans is picking up her two children from Piedmont Elementary in Charleston.

"I think it's ridiculous," Evans said.

She's not happy about what a leaking roof has done to their school.

"It can create mold," Evans said. "It can create problems to not just my children, but other people's children, slippery floors. They could fall and get hurt."

Buckets can be found in the hallway and in classrooms.

Ceiling tiles also are missing and, in their place, open holes with water still dripping.

"They have tarps over the computer area," Evans said.

Kanawha County School leaders said they've known about the problem since around last school year and have been trying to get it fixed.

"The contractor got the materials together and got it delivered to the school in October, unfortunately was not able to get started because of the bad winter we've had," Kanawha County Schools Executive Maintenance Director Terry Hollandsworth said.

WSAZ.com shared with Hollandsworth some photos a parent sent by email.

"That's a lot of buckets and, like I said, a couple of weeks the contractor will be there. All the materials are there. They're sitting on the roof, waiting to be installed," Hollandsworth said.

He said work on a new roof is about a week away.

"Yes it's unsightly, yes it's a nuisance, yes it's frustrating, but in a couple more weeks hopefully it'll be taken care of and we won't have to worry about it for another 25 years," Hollandsworth said.

But parents like Evans said they'll believe it when they see it.

"Start small if you have to, but do something," she said.

For now, school officials said they're focusing on keeping students safe while they learn until the work can begin.

Hollandsworth said there are about 10 schools needing new roofs. That includes Sharon Dawes Elementary, which we reported on recently.

He said all of the schools are set to get new roofs for a total price tag of about $2 million.

He also said they've already been sending out crews to make temporary fixes at Piedmont Elementary and to make sure soggy ceiling tiles are left up.


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