County school officials said Monday that problems with the roof at Davis-Emerson Middle School are an emergency and voted to fast-track repairs.

The Tuscaloosa County Board of Education declared the problems an emergency project at its meeting Monday night because a portion of the roof has been sagging in the kitchen area.

Superintendent Walter Davie said workers were installing wiring for a camera system in the school when they noticed a small section of the roof that was sagging down. He said that upon further inspection, there were some roof joist issues and pieces that had come apart in one section.

Davie said there is some temporary support in that corner of the school,which has been quarantined from kitchen staff and is not an area where children are allowed.

"They’re going to figure out, number one, what happened and, number two, make sure it is fixed and not a problem," Davie said.

The purpose of an emergency works project declaration is to speed up completion of the work, Davie said. No estimate has been given for the project.

Davis-Emerson was built in 2003 and holds more than 300 students.

In other business, the board voted to change its leadership, voting to appoint board members Don Presley as president and Charles Orr as vice president. Presley had previously served as vice president while Gary Mims was president.

The board changes leadership every November.

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