MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WOOD) – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Muscagon Heights was virtual on Monday when state security officials examined the building’s condition more than a year after the ceiling partially collapsed.
“In 2021, January or February, when we were virtual, the ceiling in the auditorium did give way; part of the ceiling,” said Arante Thompson, superintendent of the Academy System of the Muscagon Heights Public School.
This part of the school has been closed ever since. Thompson said the fire chief gave permission for students to be in other parts of the building.
“Today we did get a qualified technician to do additional tests,” Thompson said. “There is no asbestos or any other hazardous material that will prevent us from being in this building.”
She said the school was closed due to a plethora of cautions and classes were expected to resume as usual on Tuesday, though the auditorium would remain out of bounds.
The county says it has set aside some money for repairs but is waiting for the state to approve the plans.
“We have a $ 179,000 bid and we, at the moment, do not have it, so we are certainly willing to take donations if anyone is willing to donate to that cause,” Thompson said.
Other concerns have been raised about black material on the gym wall, but Thompson said it is harmless as well.
“What someone thought was black mold was actually black paint in the little gym,” Thompson said. “I would encourage people who have questions to contact the school or district offices first before going anywhere else. I think this situation has caused unnecessary stress.”