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Several West Clark Community Schools in need of major repairs

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SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- Some West Clark Community Schools are in desperate need of repairs. 

WDRB reported on how mold was growing at a Henryville school last week. After our story, parents contacted us about similar problems in other schools in the district. 

"There are a lot of problems that need to be addressed," said Crystal Gunther, who has kids in the Silver Creek Schools and is also running for a seat on the school board. 

A recent Building Condition Assessment shows five facilities scored below 70 out of 100. Silver Creek High School's mark was 50.13. 

"There's rust, things are peeling, things are cracking, there's seals around the windows, there's termite damage," Gunther said. "It's just aged." 

West Clark Community Schools officials agree that some of their schools need a major work. 

"Rampant leaks and the most severe issues for roof repair does exist at Silver Creek High School," said West Clark Community Schools Superintendent Chad Schenck. 

He says sometimes you'll see garbage cans out to catch the water in the school, but fixing these types of problems isn't cheap. 

That's why school officials want to spend nearly $63 million to address the needed immediate repairs at schools, renovations and overcrowding issues. 

"We're over capacity. Every locker is shared by two kids at Silver Creek High School. Some lockers leak when it rains a lot," Schenck said. 

The project would raise property taxes by 10 cents. Gunther says it would be worth it. 

"If we want our children to be in an conducive learning environment, these things have to be fixed," she said. 

School officials say that the buildings are safe, but not optimal. 

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