BOLIVAR, W.Va. -- A report on a March 10 inspection by state fire marshals at a 44-student private religious school has left school officials with three choices -- all expensive.
Bob Adams, spokesman for Bolivar Christian School at 87 Old Taylor Road, said school leaders can decide to correct the deficiencies in the fire marshal's report, build a new school building or leave the students in a current temporary facility at Rocky Spring Church on Leetown Pike.
"We have three choices but the board hasn't decided on anything," Adams said. "Ideally, we want our school back."
The school's troubles surfaced Feb. 20 when William Zaleski, a sanitarian with the Jefferson County Health Department, went to the church to check on a new septic system being installed. The school's four classrooms are in the church basement.
Zaleski, according to the Rev. B.G. Turner, the church pastor, wandered into the classroom area and noted the absence of fire alarm and sprinkler systems. The next day he returned with his boss, Amy Jones, director of the health department. They told Turner they would order the school to be closed. Turner received the order to remove the students Feb. 23.