Flood damages new Fairborn school before planned opening

Fairborn City Schools Superintendent Gene Lolli walks through the new Fairborn Primary School. MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF
Fairborn City Schools Superintendent Gene Lolli walks through the new Fairborn Primary School. MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF

The new Fairborn Primary School sustained damage after flooding occurred in two wings of the new building and affecting 17 classrooms.

The July 6 flooding, announced by the district in a press release on Sunday, caused damage to drywall, flooring, ceiling tiles, cabinetry and curriculum items.

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Personal items from teachers also were damaged after moving into the school about three weeks ago.

The flood is still under investigation, however the failure of two T-clamps and a flange have been identified as the cause, the release said.

Ceiling tiles and drywall are being replaced now, and orders are being processed for new flooring and cabinetry.

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District officials had not responded to additional questions from the Dayton Daily News.

The $27.3 million building is replacing a 60-year-old building at 4 W. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road and was set to welcome preschoolers, kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders on Aug. 17.

With work on the school continuing, district leaders are hopeful that the flooding will not cause delay to the opening.

More information will be provided to parents and students as soon as it becomes available and will be posted online at: www.fairborn.k12.oh.us.