HALSEY — Central Linn Elementary School will remain closed Thursday while the school district waits for results from air quality testing and fungus mitigation.
Central Linn School District runs on a four-day academic week but often has activities or staff development meetings on Fridays. Superintendent Brian Gardner said no Friday School or enrichment activities will take place at the elementary building on Friday. Teachers are asked to report Friday to Central Linn High School, which will be on a normal schedule Thursday.
Ceiling tiles fell in the elementary building last Friday following days of heavy rain seeping through leaks in the roof. The fallen tiles exposed a fungus-like substance, which the district is testing to see whether it poses a health risk. Air quality tests also are being conducted in each room.
The elementary school, at 239 W. Second St. in Halsey, houses about 360 students in kindergarten through sixth grades.
Work is being done to fix the roof leaks, but Gardner bristled at any contention that the district hasn't done adequate maintenance, a subject that often came up during this spring's bond request.
In May, voters turned down a measure to approve a 30-year, $32.1 million bond issue that would have paid for a single new school for all grades, kindergarten through 12th.
"We have repaired every leak that we have known about, we have not ignored them," Gardner wrote in an email to the Democrat-Herald. "Yes, the building needs a new roof, and that cannot be paid for out of our operating budget. The insinuation by anyone that there is a political motivation behind this unwanted and unfortunate event is cynical and disgusting. We are trying to educate children and make sure they are warm, dry and safe; any other focus (is) appalling."