Posted: Jan 24, 2013 5:46 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Jan 24, 2013 5:46 PM
BAKER - Some tough decisions need to made about the safety of Baker High School.
The building is falling apart and parents are worried about their kids.
"The condition of the school needs to be repaired," said Estelle Jarvis.
About 500 students attend the 63- year-old school. Walking down the halls of Baker High you'll see exposed piping, wiring and tiles falling from the ceiling, adding up to millions of dollars in repairs.
"One thing that came out of the report is they found that the buildings were functional and they were clean, but they were in bad shape," said Superintendent Ulysses Joseph.
News 2 obtained a copy of the 43-page audit. It says, "The overall condition of Baker High School was found to be fair to poor; however, deficiencies were noted in all buildings."
Some of those deficiencies were inadequate site drainage, roof leaks, limited security systems, inadequate fire alarm and sprinkler systems and more. That alone leaves parents on edge.
"Nervous and scared. If something would happen and they don't have the proper safety, that's a big issue," said Jarvis.
Many in the community would like to see a brand-new school instead of patching the old one up, but the money for a new building may be a problem.
"That would be a very good idea, however, a high school of that size will probably cost you 14-15 million dollars," said Supt. Joseph.
That's money the district says it doesn't have. But parents say a new facility will be the district's best bet.
"I think it will be better to have a new school. I think our children will do better in an environment they feel comfortable and safe in, especially if it's a clean environment."
The school district says it's working immediately to fix the problems at the school.