School Structural Problems Not Attributed to ‘Fault’

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 2:59pm

The Grand Saline ISD Board of Trustees received a bit of good news from a sesimic evaluation submitted by Apex Geoscience at last Monday night’s regularly-scheduled meeting.

The board had hired Apex Geoscience to perform the evaluation after several structural problems were reported at the middle school and high school campuses and the middle school cafetorium.

Preliminary reports from Apex had hinted the shifting and buckling of walls at the campuses might be caused by a fault or faults lying beneath the buildings. However, after completing the analysis it was determined that inconsistencies in the soil is the root of the problem.

Although costly, the problem is fixable. Apex’s recommendation is the installation of helical piers. Board members gave Superintendent Trish Elliott the go-ahead to consult with a structural engineer to discuss options to repair the buildings.

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