Patterson: ‘There is no danger to students’

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CULLMAN – The Cullman City School Board, in a special-called meeting on Tuesday, declared an "emergency situation" so that Superintendent Dr. Susan Patterson can proceed with the repair and replacement of damaged roofing at West Elementary School. City schools are in session tomorrow.

"There is no danger to students," said Patterson. "Based on the (school) architect's assessment there is no immediate danger being in the building; the work to be done will prevent further damage."

Here is the official wording of the emergency situation declaration, which is procedural and intended to allow the superintendent to move quickly to authorize repairs: "Due to the hail storm on March 19, 2018, which caused extensive damage to roofs at West Elementary School, and which will result in a danger to public health and the safety of our students/staff if repairs are delayed, the Cullman City Board of Education hereby declares this an emergency situation. By declaring an emergency, the Board authorizes the Superintendent to proceed with the repair/replacement, per recommendation of the Board architect, of roofs at West Elementary School based on emergency provisions of Section 3922(e) of the Code of Alabama."

Patterson told The Tribune, "As always the safety of our students is our top priority. The board action taken today allows the system to quickly move to repair the damage done by last night's storm. This recommendation came after review by the (school) architect, and will ensure that the roof repair will be completed as soon as possible to eliminate further water damage. We are fortunate that the current forecast doesn't include rain the remainder of the week and our school system will be on spring break next week. Our staff members have worked diligently today to cover leaks and clean the rooms affected."

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