School officials wait for reports after roof collapse

11:26 PM, Jul 25, 2013   |    comments
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Crews have cleaned up the debris at Jefferson County High School after a roof collapse on July 7.

(WBIR - Dandrige) With just about two weeks before school starts, Jefferson County High School officials are waiting to find out how much insurance will cover after a roof collapse.

Rain and rust caused the roof of Building 8 at the high school to buckle on July 7. Since then, crews have cleaned up the debris.

According to Director of Schools Dr. Charles Edmonds, they will have to move teachers who were housed in those vocational classrooms.

Dr. Edmonds is waiting to hear back from the insurance company.

There has been public concern that there may be other problems to the building. After the roof collapse, structural engineers and architects inspected the high school. The school board is waiting to read the findings from that report.

"Once we get that report we'll have to address it, whatever it takes to bring the building up to current code. That building was constructed about 40 years ago. The codes were different. So we're going to have to bring it up to current code," Dr. Edmonds said.

Jefferson County High School is also undergoing $25 million in renovations.

During that work, crews found asbestos in the science lab area. Dr. Edmonds said it has been abated and that he has no concerns of asbestos in other parts of the building.

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