By NEESEY PAYNE
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.