ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque Public Schools officials got an earful from angry parents of children who attend Collet Park Elementary School. They said their children were working in classrooms that were unsafe and dangerous.
APS officials, including Superintendent Raquel Reedy, attended the meeting to address parents’ concerns,
After recent storms, officials with the district said the roof at the elementary school took a hit.
Parents said they’ve been sending complaints to the district and they’ve been ignored.
Reedy apologized to parents, telling them the district didn’t react fast enough.
Parents took pictures and sent them to KRQE News 13 of roofs leaking and in some cases caving in. There are buckets all over the floor in multiple classrooms. The district said it removed students from four classrooms into other parts of the school because the damage was so bad.
But officials with the district said the school as a whole is safe. Parents said they’ve lost trust within in the district and want to see things happen quickly.
“I realize APS is a big conglomerate and we’re just a small school but we have an emergency and it just seems like they’re dragging their feet,” Tom Russell said.
Students at the school said, they were moved into the library, but that a lot of the light fixtures had water and that the librarian was afraid to turn on the lights.
“Ms. Lamen was busting the panels down because they had too much water in them and she was asking us to put our heads down to protect them from falling roofs,” Miranda Harcourt said.
The district said it’s currently making temporary fixes to the roof, but that construction on a more permanent roof should begin in about 60 days.
Parents also requested that the district bring in a third party to conduct air quality and mold tests.