Major structural problems came to light October 1, 2013 when the building – which at that time housed art, building trades, special education, and in-school suspension classrooms – was evacuated after a teacher heard popping and cracking noises. It was discovered that there was breaking and bowing in the main girders of the building. An engineer was called in and, after further inspection, declared the building unsafe for occupancy.
Classes were relocated in other buildings and the building has been off-limits ever since.
Chris Reese, head of maintenance for Cabool R-4 Schools, told the school board August 8 that an inspection was done for asbestos and lead paint. The inspection cost $3,100 and involved multiple samples from the building’s interior. “We did have some tile in the floor that has asbestos,” he said. It will cost $4,150 to have the asbestos removed and properly disposed of, and that work is to be done before the building is demolished.
Some lead paint was detected in the building but does not have to be removed, he said.
The school board voted to advertise for bids to have the building taken down and the site cleared. Efforts are to be made to save as much of the rock on its exterior as possible, with an eye toward using it in a future building project at the high school campus.
News Article By: The Cabool Enterprise