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Hunter Elementary students evacuated to Lathrop due to unstable ceiling

Hunter Elementary School's library may face structural damage due to heavy snowfall, prompting...
Hunter Elementary School's library may face structural damage due to heavy snowfall, prompting the evacuation of students to Lathrop High School.(Ryan Osborne)
Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 4:52 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The recent massive snowfall we’ve seen continues to weigh heavily over parts of Fairbanks, prompting an unexpected school day for students attending Hunter Elementary.

According to Assistant Superintendent Kate LaPlaunt, when Hunter Elementary principal Jane Bedford arrived at the school Thursday morning, she noticed what appeared to be damage on the roof of the school’s library caused by heavy snow load.

The district office was contacted, and maintenance crews were sent to Hunter to assess the situation.

LaPlaunt said, “And upon assessment the decision was made that it probably was best to get a further, deeper assessment, get real engineers out there to look at it, and the building was evacuated at about 9:30-10:00 o’clock. They did an incredible evacuation over to Lathrop. Lathrop hosted the students in the gym. It’s just a short walk away. They practice this drill routinely every year and they did a great job.”

The full extent of the damage is currently unknown, and for safety reasons, Hunter Elementary will be closed on Friday with no students or staff being permitted to enter the building.

LaPlaunt states they hope to have more information by Friday afternoon about how this will affect the school next week.

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