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McHarg vandalism damage may top $100,000

RADFORD – Damage vandals inflicted on a Radford elementary school may be as much as seven times more expensive than originally estimated, according to a school official.
Dr. Chuck Bishop, superintendent of Radford City Schools, said a contractor estimated Tuesday that it could cost close to $100,000 to repair the damage done to McHarg Elementary School over the Labor Day holiday. Police initially estimated the damage at $15,000.
Bishop said the contractor estimated some of the roof components that were damaged are original to the building and will be “very costly” to replace or repair.
“Most of the damage was to windows in the multi purpose room and at the roof level,” Bishop stated. “Our roof at McHarg has a clear story section that allows for natural light to filter into the building. This section is the most significantly damaged and will be the most costly to repair.”
The superintendent said school officials are working with a roofing contractor and the school system’s insurance company to determine the best way to repair the damage.
“The process may require a temporary fix until such time that a contractor has ample opportunity to repair the structure in a more permanent way,” he added.
Radford City Police Department is investigating the vandalism, which is believed to have occurred either late Sunday or early Monday. The damage was discovered Monday by school personnel.
Lt. R. A. Wilburn of the department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau indicated the incident still is under investigation, but there was nothing new to report in the case.
Anyone having information on the vandalism is asked to call 540-731-3627.

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McHarg vandalism damage may top $100,000

RADFORD – Damage vandals inflicted on a Radford elementary school may be as much as seven times more expensive than originally estimated, according to a school official.
Dr. Chuck Bishop, superintendent of Radford City Schools, said a contractor estimated Tuesday that it could cost close to $100,000 to repair the damage done to McHarg Elementary School over the Labor Day holiday. Police initially estimated the damage at $15,000.
Bishop said the contractor estimated some of the roof components that were damaged are original to the building and will be “very costly” to replace or repair.
“Most of the damage was to windows in the multi purpose room and at the roof level,” Bishop stated. “Our roof at McHarg has a clear story section that allows for natural light to filter into the building. This section is the most significantly damaged and will be the most costly to repair.”
The superintendent said school officials are working with a roofing contractor and the school system’s insurance company to determine the best way to repair the damage.
“The process may require a temporary fix until such time that a contractor has ample opportunity to repair the structure in a more permanent way,” he added.
Radford City Police Department is investigating the vandalism, which is believed to have occurred either late Sunday or early Monday. The damage was discovered Monday by school personnel.
Lt. R. A. Wilburn of the department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau indicated the incident still is under investigation, but there was nothing new to report in the case.
Anyone having information on the vandalism is asked to call 540-731-3627.

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