Landmark high school in Asheville, N.C., needs new $25 million roof

Landmark high school in Asheville, N.C., needs new $25 million roof

Officials say patchwork measures at Asheville High cannot reverse the effects of water damage.

A landmark 89-year-old high school in Asheville, N.C., needs a new roof, officials say, and it will cost $25 million.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Asheville High, which was built in 1927 and is on the National Register of Historic Places, is experiencing water damage and needs its entire main roof replaced. About 1,500 students attend classes there.

"I think we have done as much as we can do in the form of patchwork," Asheville City Schools Superintendent Pamela Baldwin told Buncombe County commissioners. "Because we have so much internal leaking at this point it will be very difficult to stop any other leaking with patchwork."

County Manager Wanda Greene said work should start na few months in order to prevent further damage. Money for the repairs would come from the county's general fund, or, if a special piece of state legislation passes, sales tax proceeds.

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