LOTTS CREEK, Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt says the Cordia school building in Knott County "shall not be occupied by Knott County School District students after February 2, 2018."
WYMT obtained a copy of the order Thursday afternoon.
Pruitt says new issues continue to be identified regarding the use of the Cordia school building. That includes a leak in the fire sprinkler system.
Pruitt says a health and safety inspection on January 11th also revealed previous issues remain a concern. Those include animal feces in the building, structural cracks and a back-up electric generator not working.
The students at Cordia must be reassigned to other schools or facilities by the Knott County Board of Education and Superintendent Kim King.
“We have been directed and ordered by the department of education to cease providing school activities there as off February second,” Tim Crawford, Knott County’s Board of Education Attorney. “We are anticipating holding a special school board meeting next month with officials with the Department of Education.”
Those in the community said it is hard to see this happen to such an important part of the Lotts Creek area.
"The school is the pillar of our community, you know our kids don't deserve to have to be bussed across the county," said Hope Grigsby who graduated from Cordia in 2003.
To listen to WSGS' interview with Director Alice Whitaker and Teacher Deanna Jacobs, click here.
You can read the entire letter from Commissioner Pruitt to Knott County school officials below.