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Concerned Parents Meet With Shaler Superintendent

(Credit: KDKA)

(Credit: KDKA)

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SHALER (KDKA) – Anxious parents met with the Shaler school district superintendent a week after six-feet of ductwork fell from the ceiling in the elementary school cafeteria, injuring nine people.

Superintendent Dr. Wesley Shipley told parents the school cafeteria will remain closed for the rest of the school year.

A hallway leading to the cafeteria is closed and two gyms in the high school are off limits for the next week or two because the gyms have ductwork similar to the elementary school cafeteria.

“Since that day, three independent forensic engineers were brought into the site to investigate,” Shipley said. “One hired by the district, one by the insurance company and a third brought in by the district attorney’s office.”

Parents gave faculty and staff high marks for how they reacted.

“They just did an amazing, amazing, job,” Diane Ferianc, a parent, said. “I mean, I was pleased. My kids did not know what was happening, but after the fact, I was actually glad they didn’t.”

Not all parents were satisfied after hearing an update from Dr. Shipley.

“He said we’re sending our kids to a safe school tomorrow, but two weeks ago I thought I was sending my son to a safe school,” Amanda Olszewski said.

School resumes Wednesday. Counselors will be there to meet with any students who feel there’s a need to talk to them.

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