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UPDATE: Ceiling falls in Anamosa classroom

ANAMOSA (KWWL) -- A day after a ceiling collapsed inside a classroom at West Middle School in Anamosa, the district is moving forward in getting the problem fixed.

Superintendent Dr. Dale Monroe says a portion of a ceiling in the classroom fell at about 8:30 a.m. Monday morning, just as kids were getting settled in for their first day back from winter break.

Thankfully nobody was seriously hurt, Dr. Monroe says a few ice packs were handed out, and he credits a quick thinking teacher for that.

Dr. Monroe says the teacher noticed something wasn't right with the ceiling and moved all of the students out of the classroom.

Shortly after, the ceiling came crashing down bringing some of the framework and some lights with it.

Structural engineers found cracks in floor joists on the second and third floors of the building.  Those floor joists act as ceiling supports for the first and second floor classrooms.

The problem is isolated to just three classrooms, one above the other, on one end of the building.

The engineer has suggested two ways to fix the problem, but in the meantime, those three classrooms are not being used and those classes are being held in different parts of the building.

The district tried to pass a $16.5 million dollar bond referendum to replace the building last April, but it failed, getting only 54.6% support when it needed 60%.

Dr. Monroe says the district plans to try again this April.

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