Several schools in Kanawha County, WV dealing with roof leaks — WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV

Several schools in Kanawha County, WV dealing with roof leaks - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV

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Roof leaks have become a serious problem in aging schools throughout Kanawha County, WV.

Kanawha County Schools will spend more than $2 million to repair or replace roofs in the coming months, according to Kanawha County Schools Maintenance Director Terry Hollandsworth.

The ongoing leaks are creating a mess and even leading to mold concerns in several school buildings.

Two crews were at Marmet Elementary School Monday replacing the roof there. Leaks there have caused the walls to bubble and crumble. Students have been shifted to others classrooms while the work is underway. Principal Polly Stevens said a planned test has also been delayed because of the work.

«The county has come up and scraped and painted but it doesnt work if you dont have a roof,» she said.

Hollandsworth said the cost to replace the roof is $200,000. And the age of school is a factor, it was built in 1939.

«I know that this school probably has as good of if not better bones than some of the new schools that are being built,» Stevens said. «We love it. We just like it to be maintained well.»

A section of the ceiling at Marmet Elementary was tested for mold. Stevens said no mold was detected.

Hollandsworth said there are several aging schools in the county making roof problems a never ending battle.

There have been leaks for months at Sharon Dawes Elementary as well. Principal Natalie Vaughan said the leak has been ongoing since the beginning of the school year in some classrooms. She said while they were scheduled for roof replacement this summer the projected started sooner than planned and was just completed.

«Flexibility is our number one thing and we handled it very well,» Vaughan said. Some students had to be shifted to other rooms while the work was underway.

Vaughan said there hasnt been any smell or mold associated with the leak.

Andrews Heights Elementary in Tornado, West Virginia has also been dealing with similar problems. Principal Suzanne Armstrong said four classrooms and the hallway have been damaged by a roof leak. She said maintenance crews have been doing repairs periodically. They were there working on the building as recently as Friday. She said so far there hasnt been any concern about mold.

Some other schools in Kanawha County were not as lucky. At Sissonville High School and Mary Ingles Elementary roof leaks did lead to problems with mold.

Hollandsworth said twelve rented air scrubbers have been installed at Mary Ingles Elementary. Because the scrubbers are very loud he said the scrubbers only run during times that students are not in class. He said patches done to the roof earlier this year are holding up for now. The school is slated to get a brand new roof this summer. A contractor has not been selected to complete that project.

At Sissonville High School Hollandsworth said $19,000 was spent to repair a section of the roof that was causing a leak in the cafeteria. The school was tested for mold in 2013. Hollandsworth said there was a minor amount of mold found. He said the walls were scrubbed and cleaned with a 10 percent bleach solution. Principal Ron Reedy said the wall is still «unsightly». Reedy said he asked that the wall be repainted and so far that has not happened.

Terry Hollandsworth said that project will likely be added to the summer schedule.

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