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Fairfield Elementary students start school at Clark Springs Elementary

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Fairfield Court Elementary students began class at Clark Springs Elementary School Monday morning after roof issues forced the former school's closure.

It was the start of a new routine for Ciara Short and her daughter on Monday morning.

"I thought it was unsafe, so I'm kind of glad they went ahead and moved her to a different school," Short said. Her daughter goes to Fairfield Court Elementary but now the school has been shut down for repairs because of a leaky roof and falling ceiling tiles.

"The reason we are doing that is to make sure the kids have a safe environment. That is critical, that they can be in a safe environment that while they are in school they are in a comfortable safe place," Richmond School Board Chair Donald Coleman said.

Like other Fairfield students who started their first day at a new school, Short says her daughter was a bit apprehensive.

"I just let her know that she is doing to meet new friends and its just a different area so its probably better, better off for her," Short said.

There was a slight hiccup as students showed up at Fairfield Court Elementary for class, but had to be bussed and brought to Clark Springs

"We got the kids here, everybody was here on time, the thing that I think the public needs to understand is we can't disrupt educational instruction," Coleman said.

After a rough morning Tara Lester stopped by Clarks Springs to check on her 7-year-old daughter.

"It's been kind of rough you know she was kind of nervous about the roof falling in at the old school and all that," Lester said.

Fixing Fairfield court Elementary is expected to cost anywhere from $50,000 to $75,000.

School officials say the repairs to Fairfield Court Elementary School are expected to be completed by the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

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