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James Madison Elementary School in Indio Relocated Due to Structural Problems

The school was built in 1990.

Classes have been canceled next week at James Madison Elementary School in Indio due to structural damage discovered Friday.

Classes will resume Oct. 21 at Adams Early Childhood Learning Center in La Quinta and will be held there for the "foreseeable future," according to Desert Sands Unified School District officials.

Corrosion of the structural columns supporting some of the buildings on the school's campus was discovered while renovation work was being done, officials said. The school was built in 1990.

"The safety of our students and staff is our top priority and relocating them as a family to another facility was the number-one choice," said Scott L. Bailey in a news release. "The decision to relocate the Madison student body and staff allows us the time to direct efforts to resolve the situation. Students and staff will be together at a site where they can conduct business as usual — the business of education."

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