The Cherokee County Board of Education has approved an Emergency Declaration to repair or replace the library floor at Cedar Bluff School.
Superintendent Mitchell Guice says it was recently discovered that major work is needed and they would not have time to complete it before the start of school.
The declaration gives them a waiver from the advertisement requirement of the public works law and will speed up the project by about three weeks.
Guice says the floor joist in the building, which was constructed in the 1920’s, has absorbed moisture over the years, causing it to rot.
Support beams have been put in, but the joists are settling in on top of them and sinking.
There are some places where there are cracks and breaks in the floor joist, affecting the back third of the building.
Guice says part of the problem is that the building was originally put up as a gymnasium and was not designed to handle the weight of the books.
He added that the situation has become a safety concern and you can actually see a sunken place in the floor.
The board voted 3 to 0 to proceed with the Emergency Declaration.
Board members Gossett and Rochester were not in attendance.