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Construction on Jackson Co. ag building shut down

A second Jackson County school building has been shut down by the state fire marshal. A second Jackson County school building has been shut down by the state fire marshal.
JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A second Jackson County school building has been shut down by the state after it was determined no architect had been hired or building plans submitted to the state.

The first happened for similar reasons just a few weeks ago when work began on a gym in Pisgah that suffered tornado damage.

The project started nearly 10 years ago under a different administration and nothing has been said until now. Unlike a typical project built by a contractor, this building has been an ongoing class project by students.

"We want to insure everybody that we're going to do everything we can to make sure it's safe," said Kenneth Harding, Jackson County School Superintendent.

Harding said they're complying with the state fire marshal's request to not use the agriculture building at North Sand Mountain High School.

Officials determined Friday that building plans had not been submitted to the state building commission.

Now approximately 25 students will have to be relocated.

"We have, I think, used the classrooms the last four or five years.  We can't go in there, we'll just go to another classroom," said Harding.

The superintendent said the fire marshal's visit to the school came as a big surprise.

Unlike a paid contractor, Harding said the ag building has been an ongoing class project built by students for nearly a decade.

"They studied masonry.  They studied electricity.  And when they did, they would incorporate that into building that project," said Harding.

Harding said the classrooms were being used, but there is still unfinished work in the shop and outside of the building.

After nearly a decade, fire marshal officials said they began investigating after a complaint was made to the state building commission - a complaint made just over a week before an election.

"Why now?  Can't answer that.  I mean, I have a sneaking suspicion, but I don't know," Harding said.

He said they'll be getting with the state to see what needs to be done to make sure the project gets in compliance.

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