Abandoned Mine Lands to fix landslide outside Bell County school

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

PINEVILLE, Ky (WYMT) - We have an update on a story we have been following out of Bell County.

As students there prepare to return to the classroom tomorrow, school officials are relieved that a landslide inching closer to the Bell Central School Center will be fixed.

Several feet of guardrail and a light pole once stood level with the parking lot outside the Bell Central School Center.

Yvonne Gilliam is the Bell County Schools Superintendent. She tells WYMT the slide is a problem that has needed to be repaired for quite sometime.

"All sorts of possibilities in terms of safety issues were out there. We had this nightmare scenario with the bus going down that slide," said Gilliam.

School and county officials have searched for ways to solve the slide problem. Bell County Judge Executive Albey Brock said the Division of Abandoned Mine Lands provided an answer.

"We made a request to have them come and review this site and we were blessed and fortunate that they were able to help us," said Brock.

The organization will foot the more than two million dollar bill. It is welcome news to the district's superintendent who said without their help money would be tight.

"Had Abandoned Mines not stepped in and done this, we probably would have had to cancel the 11 classroom addition at Yellow Creek. So this has meant wonderful things for our schools," said Gilliam.

We are told repair work is already underway.

"This is a perfect example of all levels of government working together for a common good," said Brock.

The center operates as a kindergarten through eighth grade elementary school. No word yet on exactly how long the construction will take.

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