Cumberland County Schools spends $8M per year on renovations

A faded mural on the side of TC Berrien Elementary School in Fayetteville on Friday, July 30, 2021.

A majority of schools in Cumberland County are old and outdated, but resources for repairs are limited, said Joe Desormeaux, the associate superintendent of the school system’s support services.

TC Berrien Elementary School is closed due to structural problems, which has resulted in the students being transferred to WT Brown Elementary School.

“It had problems with the foundation under one wing. It was sinking,” he said.

TC Berrien Elementary School, built in 1951, also had indoor air quality problems, Desormeaux said. He said the school board’s committee had made the decision not to repair the building because the costs exceeded the amount they were willing to spend on a school in that state. Part of the primary school is still in good condition and will be used as temporary office space for virtual staff, he said.

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