As a professional engineer, letters and reports about mold, excessive dust, septic spills, roof leaks and foundation problems at Artondale Elementary School are disturbing enough, but when a school board member says the roof could collapse in a heavy snow and injure children, I really worried about safety.
I was relieved to learn that recent health department inspections revealed the school had no mold or dust problems, and it appears the school district didn’t report the septic spill they caused during excavation work. I was also upset to learn the school didn’t truly address the roof leaks this summer and had taken no actions to repair the sinking foundation or evaluate the integrity of the roof to insure it won’t fall down.
Also, no actions have been taken to stop vandals from using the roof to ride skateboards that are damaging the roof.
It appears the district wants the building to fail so taxpayers will build a new school we can’t afford.
When your roof leaks or foundation cracks, that becomes your No. 1 priority. What is the district spending money on if it won’t pay to fix a leaking roof or a cracked foundation?
The taxpayers must ask where maintenance dollars are being spent. The school board needs to tell the truth about Artondale to reassure the public it’s safe for their kids to attend, not shamefully scare them into approving money to rebuild the school.