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School Awaits Inspection Approval to Use New Elevators

While students and teachers at Mountain View High School (MVHS) in Mountain View, California, have new, two-story building additions, they are dealing with some frustration: the buildings’ elevators have yet to be usable, three weeks into the new school year, Oracle reports. Mike Mathiesen, associate superintendent of the school’s Business Services, said installation of the elevators was completed along with the buildings’ construction but, because of stringent safety measures, the school is awaiting approval from the required state inspection. Mathiesen said a similar problem occurred several years ago at another school, so MVHS planned ahead. To accommodate students who require an elevator, all of their classes will be on the first floor until the elevator is operational. Teachers with students needing such accommodations have been switching classrooms during the necessary periods, but they’ve said changing has caused them difficulties, such as making sure they have the right classroom supplies between the two floors. Mathiesen said the inspection took place September 3, and the school is waiting to get state go-ahead to use the elevators.

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