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Study, enrollment increases begin Reek's new year

School's brick work needs to be replaced

September 29, 2010 | 08:38 AM
Linn — A few feet above the main entrance door to Reek School, some of the bricks are cracked. They don't look like they will stay in place much longer.

That's partly why, this summer, the Reek School Board hired Eppstein Uhen Architects, Madison, to conduct a study of the building. Board members are expected to discuss this study at its regular meeting Monday, Oct. 4.

"We're having a lot of problems with the physical structure," Reek Administrator Lillian Henderson said Friday.

It's an old structure, but according to Henderson, most of the problems are occurring within the most recent addition, which was built in 1993.

"In sections of that addition, the brick is crumbling and we're having problems with the windows rotting," she said.

This is the eastern section of the building, which includes the gymnasium.

On Tuesday, Henderson said the condition of this section poses no immediate threat.

"There is no immediate danger to anybody," she said.

According to Henderson, the original Reek School structure was built in 1939. The district added onto that structure twice during the 1950s.

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The addition in 1993 was the largest.

However, the longstanding issues with that addition prompted the Reek School Board to seek bids a couple years ago for the brick work.

Henderson said the board received conflicting advice on how to solve the problem.

"We had one person tell us we have to rip the bricks out," she said. "We had others tell us we need to seal the bricks. (There was) a lot of contradicting advise on what to do."

That's why the board hired Eppstein Uhen Architects to conduct the study for $4,600.

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Henderson said the study is expected to be a crucial factor in determining how to address the problem of crumbling bricks and rotting windows.

She also said a special committee has been established to address the issue. That committee also may meet Oct. 4.

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