It’s gone from bad to worse as repair work continues at Bishop Feild Elementary.

The St. John’s school was forced to close early in the school year because of structural problems with the roof identified when the gym’s ceiling collapsed. Students were forced to re-locate to the old School for the Deaf building on Topsail Road. Since then, the English School District has removed the ceilings in the gymnasium and a section of the library, as per the direction of a structural engineer. Some areas closer to the main entrance of the school have also been replaced.

In an update to parents, the school district says the demolition and repair process has been further complicated because of lead-containing paint used in portions of the building. The board is still waiting on a final report of a consultant hired to review the structural integrity of the nearly century-old school. It’s not yet clear when or if students will ever return to their beloved Bishop Feild Elementary.