Controversy over a renovation project at a Mifflin County School.
One day after the first day of classes, officials closed Indian Valley Elementary on Friday.
The reason being, questions involving a certificate of occupancy and safety concerns raised by parents.
When Kelly Sunderland toured Indian Valley Elementary on Wednesday, she wasn’t prepared for what she saw.
“Kind of like a war zone, a disaster zone, a total whirlwind,” says Sunderland.
These pictures of razor blades, wood scraps, and hanging wires was what the school looked like the day before class.
That’s when Tammy Wagner asked to see the school’s certificate of occupancy.
“He said well we passed our inspections and i said that’s wonderful can i see that and he said well i don’t have it. so i said then everything is inspected and up to code,” says Wagner.
Attorney Vincent Champion represents the Mifflin County School District.
He says the school has had a certificate of occupancy since 2005, and while the district understands the parents concern, they’ve always thought the school was safe.
Some parents are upset that the school was closed by a code inspector on Thursday until a new temporary certificate of occupancy could be issued.
“My son has asthma too and he went to school yesterday and didn’t have a problem with it,” says Mike Bickhard, a parent.
Parents say it’s the dust on the inside, loose materials outside, and cracks in windows behind me that make them believe this school still isn’t safe.
“I’m no construction worker but I know that isn’t code, it’s not code for a home it’s certainly not code for a school,” says Wagner.
Sunderland says she spoke with the Superintendent Friday afternoon.
He assured her that the school is safe, but she still plans to keep her son home on Monday.
SUNDERLAND SAYS SHE SPOKE WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT THIS AFTERNOON.
HE ASSURED HER THAT THE SCHOOL IS SAFE. BUT SHE STILL IS KEEPING HER SON HOME ON MONDAY.
“I just can’t see how anybody could go in there and see all the issues and think that it’s safe,” says Sunderland.