Leaking schools: How Proposition 1 could help

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David Means, Director of Administrative Services for the Juneau School District, gives a tour of maintenance projects at Juneau schools on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, including worn carpet at Mendenhall River Community School.

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David Means, Director of Administrative Services for the Juneau School District, gives a tour of maintenance projects at Juneau schools on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, including water damage to exterior siding at Mendenhall River Community School.

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Principal Michelle Byer expresses her frustration with roof leaks at Riverbend Elementary School that drain into the school's computer lab on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

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A bucket is tied up to the ceiling to catch water drips in Teacher Katie Koski's kindergarten classroom at Riverbend Elementary School on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

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David Means, Director of Administrative Services for the Juneau School District, gives a tour of maintenance projects at Juneau schools on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, including the crumbling walkway at Marie Drake.

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Tarps are held in place by sandbags on the roof of Riverbend Elementary School on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Money collected by the city for sales tax goes to pay for Juneau School District maintenance projects.

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Roof leaks at Riverbend Elementary School drain into the school's computer lab on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

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A bucket is tied up to the ceiling to catch water drips in Teacher Katie Koski's kindergarten classroom at Riverbend Elementary School on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

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David Means, Director of Administrative Services for the Juneau School District, gives a tour of maintenance projects at Juneau schools on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, including Riverbend Elementary School that suffers from numerous roof leaks. Money collected by the city for sales tax goes to pay for the project.

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As Riverbend Elementary teacher Katie Koski read aloud to her kindergarten class, a sight that’s become commonplace at Riverbend hung above them. 

Directly above a child wearing Spiderman gloves, a bucket hung from one of the fluorescent lights to catch the water that’s been seeping through the ceiling. David Means, the Director of Administrative Services for the Juneau School District, said the roof has been leaking there for about three years. 

As she stood next to a sign in the school’s computer lab that pointed out a leak in the ceiling, Riverbend Principal Michelle Byer said the renovation needs can be a distraction.

Read the rest of the story here.

Photos by Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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