Lincoln County school to close until further notice due to structural concerns

Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 7:43 PM EDT
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Just a few weeks before the start of the fall school semester, Duval Elementary and Middle School in Lincoln County is having to switch their plans after learning the remainder of the building is structurally unsafe.

“I think there’s been ongoing issues for several years, but as far as engineers and what they have discovered.. last October the west wing of the building which contains the cafeteria area of the building was recommended to be closed,” said Assistant Superintendent, Joshua Brumfield.

On Thursday the district was notified by an engineering firm that other parts of the building also had structural concerns. Students had been on-site participating in summer school, which was cancelled Friday. The program had one more week left.

The former Duval High School was built in the 1950s. The Lincoln County School District has been working with the state and School Building Authority for years trying to secure funding to fix the roof.

Back in 2013, Lincoln County sought a $24 million school improvement bond. Voters turned it down.

“The most important thing is, safety of students and staff is the top priority,” said Brumfield. “We’ve had ongoing monitoring reports for months now. Certainly this is not what we expected but we are prepared for and have contingency plans in place and we’ll work through those.”

The school board will meet on Tuesday at 1 p.m. to discuss plans and next steps moving forward.

ORIGINAL July 22nd:

One school in Lincoln County will be closed until further notice due to structural concerns.

According to Lincoln County Schools, Duval PK-8 will be closed until further notice.

According to a social media post from Lincoln County Schools, a report from CAS Structural Engineering recommended that additional parts of the Duval PK-8 facility be closed.

Summer school for the Duval PK-8 location will be closed starting on Friday, July 23.

“This will allow us time to thoroughly review the detailed report and make necessary adjustments. We will decide if summer school will continue for the Duval PK-8 location and will provide information as soon as possible,” the post from Lincoln County Schools reads.

Duval PK-8 has been closed before due to cracks in the cafeteria wing. To see our previous coverage, click here.

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