Parents Complain About Hillwood HS Disrepair 8-17-2010 - WSMV Channel 4

Parents Complain About Hillwood HS Disrepair 8-17-2010

Reported By Cynthia Williams
Hillwood High School isn't the oldest school in Metro, but parents like Michael Carnes said the building is in such disrepair that they fear for their children's health.
"We need to do something about it, and we need to do something yesterday about it," Carnes said.
Carnes said the school band director took photos during the summer that show mold on pipes inside Hillwood, missing ceiling tiles and trash cans collecting water from leaky ceilings.
Carnes is co-president of the Hillwood Band Booster Club. He and other parents said they think the school is unsafe for children.
"I know the school system is strapped, but the kids need to be our first priority," said Carnes.
A few days ago, a lightning strike took out the school's air-conditioning. It was so hot in Hillwood that the band's annual pinning ceremony had to be held in the school's lobby rather than the auditorium.
Parents began firing off angry e-mails to Carnes and others. The school system repaired the AC, but Carnes said that incident set off a firestorm of complaints about repair issues that are being ignored.
"I want to see people moving forward to get things done, and we're not seeing it," said Carnes.
Metro Schools officials said many of the recent problems at Hillwood can be traced back to a re-roofing job that went poorly over the summer. Spokesperson Olivia Brown said the part of the roof that contractors failed to properly repair will be redone with new ceiling tiles.
Other problems will be addressed on a priority level as capital funds become available.

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