RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — About 500 Elkhardt Middle School students will finish out the school year starting today at Clark Springs Elementary.
Clark Springs Elementary had been empty up until now, so school leaders have been busy getting it ready. They’ve made $200,000 worth of adjustments to make it happen, even putting in new bathrooms and fixing up the roof.
Students were pushed out of the 75-year-old Elkhardt building because leaky pipes inside were causing a growing mold problem.
Now that students are out of that building, school officials will be able to assess the problem and determine whether it’s worth it to repair the old pipes and keep the school open. Administrators estimate that price tag could be about $5 million.
RPS Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden did not recommend repairing the school.
Asst. Superintendent Tommy Kranz says there was a very positive atmosphere at Clark Springs.
“The sense in the building after the first day was a sense of enthusiasm and excitement and curiosity as to how it’s all going to play out,” Kranz said. Kranz says he expects minor issues to pop up in the coming weeks, but hopes they can be quickly resolved. So far, there were no transportation issues, which was a major factor in the move
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