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Bad Smell at Richmond Elementary School Moves Class for the Year

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - A kindergarten class at a Cary Elementary School has to be moved because of a mysterious strange odor in the classroom.

The smell has been described by some as an animal decomposing.

Betty Bailey's granddaughter is one kindergartner whose class will spend the rest of the year in the school's library.

"I thought it was like something decomposed... like a sick smell," she says. "If you're used to a classroom and all the sudden are in a library, you do the math."

The kindergarten teacher is now basically teaching out of boxes.

The smell started after spring break and according to school officials, they originally thought it was related to an infestation of rodents recently exterminated. Now they think it may be sewage. For now, the room is closed off.

These recent problems at Cary Elementary are another example of infrastructure issues in city schools. So now the school board is looking at ways for parents and employees to let school officials know about problems.

School board member Kristen Larson says the board is looking at surveys or a website feature where problems can be reported.

"We need a way for people to report things that we might not know about," she says.

In the meantime, school officials are working to get the school's issues fixed and keep parents in the loop.

"It's unfortunate this happened at Cary Elementary because it's otherwise a really good school and we haven't had any problems," says parent Adria Scharf.

ABC 8News asked to go inside the school earlier but was not allowed.

The school board has just approved a facilities task force and with additional money coming from the city they're hoping to put all these building issues behind them.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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