Insurance issues causing delay on restoration of Jefferson Count

Insurance issues causing delay on restoration of Jefferson County High School one year later

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The walls of Building 8 have been reinforced and renovations are a work in progress at the school. The walls of Building 8 have been reinforced and renovations are a work in progress at the school.
Since the roof collapsed last July, it's been decided that the building is salvageable with one major planned improvement every four feet of the outlining wall for extra support. Since the roof collapsed last July, it's been decided that the building is salvageable with one major planned improvement every four feet of the outlining wall for extra support.
The problem is there's no set timeline for the entire project because the school is in limbo with insurance issues. The problem is there's no set timeline for the entire project because the school is in limbo with insurance issues.
By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

DANDRIDGE (WATE) - One year has passed since a partial roof collapse at Jefferson County High School. Now, safety is a top priority with the repairs and upgrades. 

We wanted to know exactly what's being done to make sure this doesn't happen again the next time we see a lot of rain.

Previous story: Jefferson County High School roof collapses

The walls of Building 8 have been reinforced and renovations are a work in progress at the school.

"We went on the roof and addressed issues up there, cut in additional secondary drains to prevent such an occurrence again," said Director of Facilities for Jefferson County Schools Michael Phagan.

Since the roof collapsed last July, it's been decided that the building is salvageable with one major planned improvement every four feet of the outlining wall for extra support.

"We will cut out the face of the block, form over that, we'll put steel inside there and tap that into the footer below, and then pour that cell full of concrete," added Phagan.

The problem is there's no set timeline for the entire project because the school is in limbo with insurance issues.

"There is activity going on all the time, discussions, negotiations, meetings to try and reach a consensus. That's how we reached an agreement on that and we'll continue to forge ahead trying to reach agreement on the rest of the building," said Phagan.

Those who once studied in the classrooms of Building 8 say the last year has been more an inconvenience than anything else.

"We would all like to have in the AG classes a more stable place because we don't know where we're going to be from semester to semester," said Junior Olivia Miller.

The school is using a nearby small warehouse as a classroom for vocational students.

"They're doing the best they possibly can. I think it's unrealistic to think that this would have been done within six months," said Olivia's mother, Stacie Miller.

While Building 8 is a sad sight for students, they're simply hoping to see change.

"As long as it gets fixed that's all that matters," said Miller.

The restoration project should cost roughly $2 million, but that doesn't include the cost of any interior work.

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