Tyner Academy's 400 building closed due to water leaks

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd/ Aged windows are a concern at Tyner Academy. Tyner Academy Principal Gerald Harris gave the Times Free Press a tour of the school's facilities on December 6, 2019.

The 400 building at Tyner Academy closed last week, one day before the first day of school, because of water leaks in hallways and classrooms caused by issues with the roof.

The building, constructed in the 1960s, houses the Freshman Academy and typically holds 160 students, Principal Gerald Harris said in a Friday email to the Times Free Press. He anticipates the building will be safe to occupy next week.

Harris sent an email to families Wednesday announcing the building's closure.

"All students and teachers who were previously assigned to this building will be relocated to other areas on our Tyner High campus until all renovations are completed," reads part of the email. "This creates hardships for students and teachers, however, we will work to facilitate space the best we can until this problem is solved. We will be working with the [Hamilton County Department of Education] maintenance department to identify a timeline for when it will be safe for students and faculty to return to the 400 Freshman Academy Building and will communicate updates as they are available."

Tyner Academy received a combined score of 58% on a 2020 facilities report update from MGT Consulting Group. The school is among 16 in the district that ranked as "unsatisfactory/poor" category in the report.

Superintendent Bryan Johnson told the Times Free Press Monday, before the building's closure, that facilities have been an ongoing issue for the district.

"We've been trying to figure out facilities for the last few years and we're barrelling down the trail. The pandemic took us off a little bit, but we're still progressing," Johnson said.

Contact Anika Chaturvedi at achaturvedi@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6592.