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School board looks into termite problem

By By Steve Gillespie/The Meridian Star
Sept. 18, 2001
Meridian School Board members asked the district's building supervisor Monday to find ways to eliminate a growing termite problem throughout the school district.
The request came after Charlotte Dubra, president of the Kate Griffin PTA, talked to the board about a termite problem at Kate Griffin Junior High.
Scarbrough said the problem has been handled by gradually removing wood infested with termites and replacing it with non-wood materials. He said today that it would cost the school district $230,000 to treat all public schools for termites.
James Vance, school board president, asked Scarbrough on Monday if the district could use some type of spray for termites. But Scarbrough said he is concerned for the children's safety if it is not done professionally.
The termite infestation wasn't the only problem discussed at the meeting. James Love, a parent of two students attending Witherspoon Elementary, told the board that the school's roof leaks.
Love told the board he is worried about his children's safety at Witherspoon. He said he was also concerned to hear his fourth-grade daughter say the roof is leaking, yet the board voted to purchase the Baptist Center property next to the high school last month for about $200,000.
Said Fred Wile, vice president of the board: "I sympathize with the concern. The problem is that the school is 125 years old, yet if we are going to use it, we need to deal with the problem."
Wile said the board would have to come up with a game plan to improve the school structurally.

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