Lee High School Is Sinking!!
Lee High School is almost 50 years old, and it doesn't seem to be aging well.
In fact, it's sinking.
Worse, the two distinct parts of the building are sinking at different rates.
"The building has been declared safe, but it needs to be stabilized," Houston school district spokesman Norm Uhl says.
So the board will likely vote tonight to spend up to $1 million on a plan to fix the building enough so it can last until the next bond election, when a replacement will be proposed.
Issa Dadoush, the new head of the district's construction and maintenance department, told board members earlier this month that the stabilization was needed.
The agenda itm on the issue says alternatives to the stabilization have their own problems:
Working with the engineer, staff members have considered several options, including ongoing monitoring, moving students to existing facilities with capacity, stabilizing the facilities in question, setting up and moving students to a T-building campus, and replacing the facilities in question.
Each option presents its own set of logistical issues. The team believes that stabilizing the facilities addresses the safety concerns raised by the engineer and is the least disruptive alternative at this time.
The engineering consultants will determine how long the fix should last, Uhl says.
"We want to stabilize it and buy time for another bond issue," he says.
Bricks started falling from the facade of the school awhile back; the district removed the rest so that none would fall on anyone's head, which wouldn't be a good thing.
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