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Structural study ordered on Hope Valley school

July 19, 2012
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HOPKINTON, R.I.—Structural problems have been found at the Hope Valley Elementary school, prompting officials to order a seismic study of the building.

The Westerly Sun reports ( http://bit.ly/NIBMWE) members of the Chariho School Committee are concerned the building, erected in 1935, might night survive an earthquake or major storm.

Hopkinton building and zoning official Brad Ward has recommended that officials evacuate the school whenever winds exceeded 40 mph.

Problems were first uncovered in 2008, when workers discovered that metal ties attaching the building's bricks to the cinder block wall behind had disintegrated.

The committee on Tuesday budgeted $20,000 for the study, which is expected to take 30 days to complete.

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Information from: The Westerly Sun, http://www.thewesterlysun.com

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