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Options considered for leaky school roof

Prince Edward County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Barbara Johnson says the school system is exploring options to repair the elementary school’s leaky roof.

Johnson told The Herald the leaks began years ago. Prince Edward County Elementary School (PECES) was built in segments from approximately 1969 to 1979. The aging building has since developed many leaks in its roof.

Johnson said that the school system is considering various options, from a new roof to significant reconstruction of the PECES building. She added a new roof would likely cost around $1 million.

“You know, any leak is a big leak to me,” she said when asked about the size of the leaks. “There’s several different ones throughout all of the buildings.”

Johnson added that while some of the leaks are in classrooms, most occur in the school’s hallways.

She added that the leaks generally do not disrupt students’ learning, and while she has been in conversation with parents and staff members for a while about the leaks, this year’s mild weather and lack of significant precipitation has helped to prevent any significant effect on school life.

She concluded by emphasizing that the safety and well-being of the students is at the forefront of school officials’ minds when addressing the issue.

“Our maintenance staff is excellent, and we continue to address concerns almost immediately when it impacts the health and welfare of our children.”