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Richland One school closed after ceiling collapse

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Lewis Greenview Elementary in Columbia will be closed Monday after part of the ceiling collapsed Friday, according to the Richland One Superintendant.

Around 5:00pm Friday a large portion of the ceiling in the hallway of the second-grade wing suddenly collapsed. Greenview Principal Delores Gilliard, Richland One Superintendant Allen Coles and other district administrators, and the fire department responded to the scene.

"The collapse came without any warning," Coles said. "When you look at the damage and think about what could've happened, we are very fortunate that no students or staff were in that area at the time."

Greenview will be closed Monday as a precaution. A building safety inspection will be conducted to assess the damage and the structural impact of the collapse, as well as to determine whether and when the building is safe to be reoccupied by students and staff.

After the inspection, a decision will be made about the school schedule for Tuesday and the remainder of the week. Students, parents and staff will be notified as soon as that decision is made.

Gilliard sent phone message alerts to parents Saturday to notify them that the school will be closed on Monday. The school closure announcement is also posted on the school's marquee, on the district's website and on Richland One TV (Time Warner Cable channel 12).

Posted by Logan Smith

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