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School Seeks Help after Roof Collapse

Harman School

A tiny community school in West Virginia is looking for financial help to fix damage from a ceiling collapse that has forced about 160 students to be shuttled across mountains to other schools for the start of the school year.

Classes began Thursday for Harman School students who are now being bused about 25 miles to four others schools in Randolph County. Harman School includes students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grades.

Harman School Principal Tammy Daniels said Friday a large section of plaster fell in a classroom in early July, forcing the school to be closed.

She says community efforts have raised $200,000 for repairs to the elementary section of the school. But Daniels says at least $700,000 more is needed to get the rest of the school fixed.