Students relocated while administrators try to solve bat problem

STANTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's been a quiet couple of days inside Stanton Elementary School. It's been closed Thursday and Friday while officials try to determine the extent of a bat problem.

Nick McVey runs a wildlife removal service in Cincinnati. He and his partner, Brad, specialize in getting animals, like the bats spotted inside the school, out of buildings. The Powell County Schools superintendent called them in after a doctor with the state recommended the building be closed until they can be sure the bats are gone.

"He's made that clear that he thinks we need to be out of the building and we're going to honor that and move forward with it from this point on," said Powell County School Superintendent Michael Tate.

In the meantime, the students will be going to other classrooms throughout the county at the middle school as well as two Stanton churches. At this point, administrators aren't sure how long the process will take.

"We're trying to be positive and hopefully we can get in and out in here in a few days. At this point, we just want to do what's safe for the kids and be able to return to the school when it's safe for the students," said Tate.

As far as actually getting rid of any bats they may find, the inspectors wanted to dispel any notion that they would hurt the animals.

"We do not kill bats. Bats are federally protected," said McVey.

Nick and Brad will spend the weekend inspecting the school to see exactly what the situation is. The superintendent hopes they can begin the process of getting back to normal soon after.

"Once we get a clean slate on that, we'll work hard to get our kids back in this building, yes sir," said Tate.

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