Green should close doors

Published 9:48 am Thursday, April 23, 2009

Green Superintendent Ron Lindsey decided to err on the side of the caution, a move that wasn’t an error at all.

Lindsey chose to close Green Primary School for the second straight day Tuesday after structural problems were found in the school’s gymnasium.

Despite the opinion of a structural engineer consultant from Columbus who said the rest of the building should be safe for students, the district made the right decision to move the approximately 200 students to another facility.

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The reality is that the engineer only looked at the facility for a few hours and hadn’t had the chance to fully analyze his findings when it comes to what it would take to repair the damage.

The big question is this: What else is wrong with the building?

For an aging structure that has long had problems, including the entire third floor being closed, there is a good possibility that the facility may have other health or safety concerns that would be impossible to identify without a comprehensive analysis of the building.

The Green Board of Education should take the necessary steps to ensure that students don’t go back into that building this school year — and maybe ever.

The summer will provide the district with the needed time to analyze all its options to either rehabilitate the structure, relocate the students to other classrooms in the district or consider the the process of building new schools.

Someone could argue that keeping the students out of this facility is the wrong call but placing these children in potentially unsafe conditions would be the biggest mistake of all.