Failing marks for former Mineral school

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm

The owner of the former Mineral Elementary School has been mandated to clean out the building and not use it as a warehouse to be in compliance with the town code.

The owner of the former Mineral Elementary School has been mandated to clean out the building and not use it as a warehouse to be in compliance with the town code.

When motorists drive to and from Mineral on Route 522, it’s inevitable that they will notice the old Mineral Elementary School building that sits adjacent to Luck Field and Mineral Baptist Church. Some likely wonder why the building is still there.

City council wonders the same thing.

The building ceased operating as a school in the 1980s and was sold by the county. Since its purchase by Ronald Morgan, a resident of Bethesda, Maryland, he has used the school as a makeshift storage unit to house books, construction material and other discarded objects.

Since 2006, council has been locked in a legal dispute with Morgan relating to the building’s upkeep. After the town tore down the gymnasium section of the building in 2008 due to safety reasons, Morgan promptly filed a lawsuit and was defeated in court. According to Mineral town attorney Jack Maus, as recently as last week, Virginia’s Supreme Court has denied Morgan’s repeated appeals for a retrial.

To read the entire story, see the Oct. 10 edition of The Central Virginian.

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