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The Suburbanite
  • Shaky floors delay opening of Springfield school



  • District Superintendent William Stauffer told the board of education Tuesday that shaky floors will likely delay the opening of the new building. The school, which will serve grades seven through 12, was to open in August.

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  • Springfield Local students and teachers will have to wait longer for their new digs.
    District Superintendent William Stauffer told the board of education Tuesday that shaky floors will likely delay the opening of the new building. The school, which will serve grades seven through 12, was to open in August.
    The new school will not be ready for the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. This timing also changes the tear-down date of the old school and would also affect the date junior high and high school students end this school year.
    According to Stauffer, floors in 16 classrooms on the second floor of the high school and eight classrooms on the junior high side have vibrations in them.
    “It is not acceptable,” Stauffer said. “We will not accept an inferior product even if it means we will not open on time for the school year.”
    He said they are working to solve the issues.
    The Ohio Schools Facilities Commission has visited the building as well.
    Several experimental fixes have been tried and have worked to a varying degree, but they are not satisfactory according to Stauffer.
    “We have not accepted any of them,” he said.
    The shaky floors are not a safety issue, but it is a comfort issue. As people walk on the floors there is a vibration that is distracting to those in the room.
    Stauffer also dispelled rumors that are going around, noting that the floors are not sinking. He also emphasized that the building will not be torn down and rebuilt.
    Students were supposed to end this school year several days ahead of teachers who were to pack-up the classroom supplies and things could be moved before the June tear down of the high school.
    “Not opening on time causes lots of problems,” said Stauffer.
    He added that the school is gorgeous inside and outside.
    Board member, Mary Lou Dodson asked what this did for all plans for any functions such as the last public tour through the old building? Stauffer said everything is on hold at this time.