Ishpeming schools to assess building damage

ISHPEMING – Fixing the damage caused when a vehicle struck the Ishpeming High School last week will be at the forefront of the Ishpeming Public Schools Board of Education meeting tonight.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. inside the Ishpeming High School Library.

The accident occurred at 1:47 a.m. Oct. 14, when a 29-year-old Ishpeming man driving a 199 Jeep Cherokee locked up his brakes while southbound on Third Street, according to the Ishpeming City Police Department. Police said the man traveled through the intersection of Third and Pearl Streets, went through a retaining wall between the school and the sidewalk and slammed into the brick wall of the high school.

Interim Superintendent Daniel Paul said the vehicle punched a hole through the building, requiring the first and second floor classrooms that use that wall to be relocated.

Paul said the hole has been closed off, and the structural integrity of the building remains safe.

“We’re seeing how much the wall has been compromised,” Paul said. “But, it’s all shored up right now and enclosed. We’re beginning the process of repairs.”

Paul said he will also publicly thank the volunteers who helped clean up the area where the vehicle struck the school, and those that helped move the classrooms to another space so classroom instruction would not be interrupted.

Also part of the superintendent’s report, Paul said he will update the board on the good report five to the district’s middle school from the state Department of Education, as well as discuss a grant received by the district’s string teacher for an after school strings program.

Information compiled by Journal Staff Writer Jackie Stark.