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Fayette County school’s gym condemned

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Collins Middle School’s gymnasium, including its school-based health clinic, has been condemned, confirmed Fayette County Superintendent Dr. Serena Starcher.

On Dec. 19, architectural contractors with ZMM Inc. inspected the structure and reported it had “deteriorated to a point that the building is not suitable for occupancy in its current condition.”

According to the letter, the building shows signs of distress, including but not limited to cracks in the masonry walls cracks in the concrete floor and deterioration of the steel bar joist supporting the concrete floor due to excessive moisture in the crawl space area.

Starcher said maintenance staff brought concerns about the facility forward, and with 800 students, Collins is the largest school in the county. The campus is housed across several structures.

Celi Van Dyke, of New River Health Association, expressed concern that more than 500 teacher and student patients who attend Collins’ New River Health school-based clinic could be displaced…

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