SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Students and staff at the King-Chavez Community High School Freshman academy have had a tumultuous few months. They were displaced from their classrooms location at 1010 Second Avenue in downtown.
The building closed down earlier this year for asbestos treatment, displacing many tenants including the school.
“It’s been a nightmare,” Principal Kevin Bradshaw said, saying it was a very abrupt closure.
“We left school on a Friday evening, came back on a Monday morning and we were locked out," he said.
In a statement, the building manager said this to 10News:
“We sent an email notice to all tenants immediately following notification from the regulatory agency."
Bradshaw says they were not given time to move their things out of the classroom, in fact, they weren’t even allowed to retrieve their equipment.
“We have televisions, computers, student’s work, teacher’s items, anything you would have in any normal campus is still in the building,” Bradshaw said. He says they’ve had to replace all those things in order to continue the education of students.
The school also had to move their classes to the Boys and Girls Club in Clairemont. Bradshaw says that means they've had to bus their students to that location every day for more than two months, and the bills are racking up.
He’s hoping they will be reimbursed.
“The owner and all parties involved are actively evaluating the expenses associated with the shutdown,” building management told 10News in a statement. They went on to say that “the building has undergone extensive testing in accordance with the regulatory requirements for occupancy,” and is completely safe now.
Bradshaw says he’s still not ready to bring students back to the building until he’s sure it’s safe and they won’t be displaced again.