(WBIR-Jefferson County) It's been over seven months since the roof at a Jefferson County High School building collapsed from heavy rain and rust, and now district leaders say they're facing yet another roadblock.
In July, 2013, a vocational building partially buckled in. While the district has received an estimate, the director of schools said it is not enough money to rebuild up to code.
Edmonds said Jefferson County Schools' Nashville-based insurance company, Tennessee Risk Management Trust, contracts out the coverage to Traveler's Insurance, which hired a third-party company to estimate the cost to rebuild.
"We got an estimate back from the insurance company which is not acceptable to us," said Dr. Charles Edmonds, director of schools. "We are very disappointed and frustrated."
The estimate totaled over $780,000.
"I don't want to put a price on it myself because it takes a lot of engineering work to go forth and really establish that amount but they are substantially short. And not in tens of thousands, but I would say hundreds," claimed Edmonds.
Edmonds said the cost is not the only issue. He said getting an estimate has taken too long, since the proposal was dated January 2nd, and wasn't on his desk until early February.
"It was not a timely manner in which we received that estimate, and that bothers us because not only has our board of education needed to know, our county legislative body needed to know," said Edmonds. "We are well over a year away from having the problem solved and getting those students back in permanent classrooms, and that's not right."
Students who would have used the vocational building this year have been moved to other parts of the building and to a temporary building across the street. Students were already shifting around to trailers on campus and other irregular classrooms due to ongoing construction at the high school.
"It's really taking such a long time," said Tonya Lane, who has a teenager at Jefferson County High School. "It's putting everybody in a situation, kids, the teachers, and everything. And we just need to resolve it."
Edmonds said another issue with the report involves the plan used, claiming it is out of date.
"The building was built back in 1973. The estimate that has been used by the insurance company to reimburse us for the claim was based on the codes at the time, and we know that the fire marshal cannot approve that," he said.
Edmonds also expressed dissatisfaction in the report allegedly not including what he called "collateral damage."
"The estimate didn't include damage to the walls and roof on the part of the building that didn't collapse," claimed Edmonds. "The proposal that we have received has nothing to do with consideration for that."
District leaders will likely contact an attorney who specializes in insurance, according to Edmonds.
10News also contacted Tennessee Risk Management Trust, and according to administrator James Wilburn, the 3rd party company that did the estimate used Xactimate, a program he said is up-to-date with current costs and current codes.
Edmonds said no work will be done on the building until the settlement is resolved.