Green board closes primary school

Published 10:37 am Tuesday, April 21, 2009

FRANKLIN FURNACE — A structural engineer from Columbus may determine today the fate of the primary building for the Green School District.

But as for today, there will be no classes at the circa 1920 building that houses the primary, kindergarten, first and second grades for the district.

“Last week we noticed broken mortar and movement of bricks in the rear of the gym,” Superintendent Ron Lindsey said this morning. “These issues got progressively worse. We closed the gym last week.”

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At a Monday night meeting the Green Board of Education decided to close the entire building “to keep the kids safe,” Lindsey said.

“The gym is our concern, the back wall of the gym,” the superintendent said.

Melissa Gallion, a parent of a child at the school and treasurer of the PTO, said she was deeply affected by the photos of the building she saw at the board meeting.

“Those pictures, I started squalling,” she said. “I couldn’t believe those walls were in that bad of shape. The whole third floor has been condemned for years due to asbestos. It needs to be closed. We are hopeful they will condemn it. They had an architect from Portsmouth and he recommended a structural engineer come in and check it.”

Right now the superintendent is working on a game plan for where the 206 students will finish out the rest of the year and doesn’t have a date on when those students will be back in class.

“We are trying to squeeze some into the elementary building and vacate classes in the high school,” Lindsey said. “It is going to be day by day.”