Thursday, June 06, 2002

School still on schedule

By Cindy Kranz,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BLUE ASH — The new Blue Ash Elementary School is still scheduled to open Aug. 26 despite a water pipe break that saturated parts of the building.

        “We're proud of this new school, and it certainly wasn't fun to come in to find water in some of the building, but managed right, it doesn't sound like an enormous issue,” said Krista Ramsey, spokeswoman for Sycamore Community Schools.

        On Monday, workers discovered a water pipe may have come apart over the weekend, sending an inch of water into parts of the building. District maintenance staff immediately cleaned the area.

        The school office and gymnasium were most affected. Carpet will be cleaned, and some drywall will be repaired in the office.

        “We brought in a number of experts and civil engineers to look at areas of the building, and one is the gym floor,” Ms. Ramsey said. “The company that constructed it (is) ... putting air underneath it. Their sense is it will be OK. We're not sure. We're watching.”

        A damage estimate is not available yet. “It won't affect the budget because this would all be insurance issues,” Ms. Ramsey said.

        The $10.7 million building is being built on the Raymond Walters College campus. The K-4 building will share space with the college, which will use one wing evenings and weekends for classes.

        The old Blue Ash Elementary has been sold to Sycamore Township. About 480 students are enrolled.


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