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Wall defects found at middle schools; Students not in danger

By NEESEY PAYNE
neesey@southwesttimes.com

Certain areas of Pulaski and Dublin middle schools have been restricted due to lateral movement or an outward bow in wall structures.

The defects were discovered by OWPR Architects and Engineers in their evaluation of Pulaski and Dublin middle schools and Dublin Elementary School.

According to a press release issued by Pulaski County Public Schools, restricted areas include a portion of the gymnasium end wall above the locker rooms at Dublin Middle School, and at Pulaski Middle School, a portion of the gymnasium end wall above the locker rooms, as well as portions of the back wall of the stage and sidewall of the auditorium at the front of the building.

As a precaution, the auditorium and gym at Pulaski Middle School, the gym at Dublin Middle School and spaces immediately underneath these areas at both schools where defects in wall structure have been discovered, are being closed off until further notice.

According to OWPR Architects, parents and guardians can rest assured there is no immediate danger to their children, as the firm has determined all other areas of Pulaski and Dublin middle schools are safe to occupy.

“We are in consultation with the engineers as to what immediate action should be taken and how best to stabilize the walls. Although we are immediately moving forward with a design and repair solution that can be quickly installed, we must operate under the assumption that repairs will not be complete by the end of this school year,” states the release.

Pulaski County Public Schools will continue to work with faculty, staff and students to minimize the inconvenience that has resulted from precautions being taken to ensure the safety of everyone at each school.

 

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  1. Andrew Cocke

    February 12, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I hang my head, the town I have come to love is dying, our school buildings, with their graceful architecture, once the pride of the American dream fall to ruins. The politicians only yap yap yap, and rattle on about how wonderful of a job they are doing.

    We need more money…. they say.

    The people built this nation, once grand and majestic. Our government sold out our future for thirty pieces of silver.

    I don’t blame Pulaski town or county, or even the school board. They did their best with what they had to work with.

    I would have liked to see this town during it’s zenith. All that remains are museums, the black and white photographs, and relics of the greatness of what once was.

    Ashes to ashes, dust to dust….

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