SCHOOL PATROL: Teacher at Tyner Middle Academy urges community to help with school repairs
Hamilton County students head back to school in three weeks, but one Tyner Middle Academy teacher says her classroom may not be safe for her students.
Over summer break, asbestos was found in floor tiles in a portion of the middle school, according to school system spokesperson Tim Hensley, who says the tiles were removed and replaced.
“The tile removed was manufactured using asbestos. The tile was removed in accordance with proper procedure of removing the tile. Asbestos abatement professionals removed the tile and new tile was installed,” Hensley responded through a text message.
But science teacher Vivian Jackson says this only addresses one of her concerns.
“We've seen great things that are being done at other schools around the community and now I just think it's our turn,” said Jackson.
Jackson has taught Hamilton County students for 13 years. For the past two years, she has been a science teacher at Tyner Middle Academy. But she says her job has stretched beyond teaching.
“I just think teachers not only myself we all have to spend quite a bit of money already on extra things for our kids whether its pencils, paper, lab material and the works,” she explained.
Now for the second year, Jackson says she's paying out of pocket for classroom repairs. She shared pictures of her classroom. They were taken just hours before Channel 3 spoke to her on Tuesday.
“We have peeling paint. We have what appears to be possible mold in the ceiling; furnaces are cracked,” Jackson said. “This is probably the third or fourth classroom that I've painted and have to pay somebody to do it and that's a lot.”
As students gear up to head back to school, Jackson is hoping the community will step up.
“It's not about the teachers it's about what we need to do for kids and get them prepared for tomorrow. So we need the community, volunteers, paint people whoever to come and help us get our school ready.”
Hensley tells Channel 3, Tyner is on the list for maintenance crews to assess and begin working on next week and completed before school starts.
He also mentioned there will be another “Better Together Day” to help get schools ready for the school year on July 27. The same approach was taken at Brainerd High School earlier this summer. If you wish to participate, click here.