Survey: Many public schools need repairs, renovations

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email

BREATHITT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT)- Sebastian Middle School is one of the only schools in Eastern Kentucky with an indoor pool.

“I know that it benefits our physical education program. It would be a great asset to have back if we could have those repairs made,” Sebastian Middle School Assistant Principal Will Noble said.

But a leaky roof and other safety hazards have kept the pool closed for years.

A recent survey by the National Center for Education Statistics found Sebastian Middle isn’t alone. In fact, more than half of the nation’s public schools need to be repaired, renovated or modernized.

“It’s just so hard to work on and hard to repair something when it gets old,” Marie Roberts Caney Elementary School Maintenance Worker Jason Fugate said.

It’s a different story are Marie Roberts Caney Elementary, where the building is in need of a new cooling unit.

“Anytime they call the companies, they don’t even make the parts anymore or they can’t find them or when you do find it, they have to ship it from somewhere and it takes several days to get it,” Fugate added.

School construction projects are funded in a number of ways, but many districts have had to delay projects because of slashed budgets.

“We obviously have a budget and we have certain constraints that we have to look at money-wise that we can put certain monies in certain areas,” Noble added.

Which forces school leaders to find ways to make their dollar go further.

Leaders say they are in the process of finding a new cooling unit for Marie Roberts Caney Elementary School.

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