Melting Snow Creates Problems for Schools

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.V.a. (WSAZ) -- Standing water and leaky roofs are plaguing two small schools in eastern Kanawha County.

Warming temperatures created major problems as snow and ice melted in Kanawha County.

At Pratt Elementary, students are stuck in a muddy mess, walking from their classrooms to the playground.

"The sidewalk was flooded, all the way over to the building from the snow," says Principal Jackie Hersch.

The melting snow and rain is causing problems at Sharon Dawes Elementary, too.

The leaking roof means buckets in classrooms catching the dripping water, but Principal Natalie Vaughan says it's only temporary. "We're slated for a new roof, we have all the materials, however, they haven't been able to start yet because of the inclement weather."

Parents say though, there's another reason behind these necessary projects taking so long to complete.

Larry McMichen has a grandson at Sharon Dawes Elementary. He says, "I'd like to see the county have people doing this work without having to high bid it out to contractors and keeping our kids safe and taking care of the roof."

A new drain system will be installed outside of Pratt Elementary as soon as weather conditions improve.

The new roof at Sharon Dawes Elementary will be replaced sometime next week, as long as the weather is good.

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