Whitesburg KY

Guards assigned to old school

Broken windows in the old Whitesburg High School gymnasium have been boarded and the Letcher school district has hired security to patrol the property in an effort to prevent more vandalism.

“It has a lot of sentimental value to a lot of people,” said Letcher Supt. Tony Sergent.

Sergent said the biggest part of the damage to the WHS campus occurred about three weeks ago. Marijuana leaves, curse words and vulgar images have been spray painted on walls in the library and other parts of the buildings.

The district maintenance department recently removed scattered paint from the gymnasium floor.

“ The majority of it is cleaned up,” he said.

Sergent said graffiti would most likely need to be sandblasted off the walls by whoever purchases the property.

“What we would like to see is someone to buy it, restore it and bring it back to its glory,” said Sergent. “It’s a great piece of property.”

Sergent said Letcher County Board of Education has a couple of potential buyers of the property that hasn’t been occupied since the 2005–2006 school year when Whitesburg, Fleming Neon and Letcher high schools consolidated. The board stopped spending money on the facility last December when the electricity was turned off.

Sergent said vandalism has devalued the property.

“For every window they break out, whoever is trying to buy it will have to replace those windows,” said Sergent.

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