Heavy rain causes 1-day closure of McMinn County Schools

Heavy rain causes 1-day closure of McMinn County Schools

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By JAMIE LYNN DROHAN
6 News Reporter 

ATHENS (WATE) - Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Lee forced McMinn County and three other school districts to be closed Tuesday.

McMinn County High School was hardest hit. In the past year, the facility was upgraded with new ceiling tiles, energy efficient lighting and new flooring.

"We do have a construction project going on here at McMinn County High School," said Director of Schools David Pierce.

"The timing of the rain and the construction project being that we are replacing part of the roof was not good. There was some damage to ceiling tiles in a classroom or two, but nothing I would call major damage," Pierce added.

He toured each school in the county Tuesday to evaluate any damage.

In the hallways, gray garbage cans catch rain. Several rooms have garbage bags covering computer equipment, desks and books.

In one room used for social skills, a garbage bag spanned the entire ceiling, catching drops that fell from several areas.

Pierce says it looks worse than it really is, and he plans to have school Wednesday.

"Parents need to know that they need to be careful on the roads still. There's still debris out there and particularly if their children are driving to school. Know that there is a possibility that busses could be a little bit late tomorrow," Pierce said.

"Other than that, our schools are in good shape and we are ready to go. It's an inconvenience more than anything else," he added.

Pierce also says any damage to the new school features will be covered by insurance.

Meigs County Schools, Monroe County Schools and Sweetwater City Schools were all closed Tuesday.

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