A Mifflin County School reopened today after it was closed Friday because of a renovation project.
It closed because an inspector told the school district it couldn’t open it’s doors without a certificate of occupancy.
Loose wires, razor blades, and scraps of wood are what Kelly Sunderland saw when she toured the school last Wednesday, the day before her son was supposed to start class.
But after touring the school again, she’s had a change of heart.
“You know the exposed wires, the exposed boxes, we checked the water in the bathrooms, everything was in working order, the fountains were working,” says Kelly Sunderland.
Although this part of the school looks like a construction zone, kids aren’t even allowed on this half of the school.
But one of those changes that was made was adding padlocks to these already partitioned doors to make sure that this are of the school is more secure.
Superintendent Jim Estep says he let parents tour the school Wednesday evening to ease their minds, and 96% of them approved.
“We did so fully knowing we weren’t finished doing our cleaning work,” says Estep.
He says the mess was fixed before classes started.
“I believe we could’ve had school Friday,” says Estep.
He says state inspector, Bud Swartz, gave the school a short list of tasks to fix before Friday morning.
Most of that was done before Swartz left the building Thursday.
But then — a sudden change.
Estep says Swartz called shortly after 6 Friday morning and said the school would need to close if it couldn’t comply fully.
“A task that would’ve been impossible with only getting an hour and a half’s notice,” says Estep.
The district called someone who oversees the state inspector to come tour the school later that day.
They told Estep those last minute changes were not required and that school could re-open as is.
“I have believe actually that the work that we’ve done so far on this building makes it safer than it may have been a year ago,” says Estep.
Kelly Sunderland kept her son home from school.
But after touring Indian Valley she’s feeling much better.
“If there was a big red flag I wouldn’t even be considering letting my son go tomorrow,” says Sunderland.