MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — On Monday night, tensions ran high during a joint meeting involving the Montgomery County School Board and the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors.

Supervisors questioned the school board on critical structural issues on Monday, Aug. 29 while school board members defended the reasoning behind their decisions.

Sherri Blevins, the chair of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, tells WFXR News that the members of the school board gave the supervisors a list of items they said needed to be fixed in some of the county’s schools.

“Belview Elementary School has failed the roof test. It’s in failure in red,” said Blevins.

Blevins says this is concerning because back in 2010, the gym roof collapsed at the old Blacksburg High School.

According to the chairwoman, $30 million was budgeted to fix Belview and two other Montgomery County schools.

In response, Mark Cherbaka, a member of the Montgomery County School Board, says other issues were being prioritized.

“We were trying to solve the Christiansburg Elementary School overcrowding issue and the solution that the board settled on at the time was to try to do all three of the school renovations, build out classrooms, and solve the overcrowding issue,” said Cherbaka.

He adds that funding was also an issue at the time.

School officials also brought up that there were miscommunication problems because the school board did not know what former Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Miear was doing or not doing.

However, Blevins says the roof is not the only challenge the district is facing. There are also issues related to water pressure at Eastern Montgomery Elementary School’s fire sprinkler system.

“It’s a great concern. In fact, such a concern that the school did say that they had designated a person to monitor at that school in case a fire breaks out. This is just unacceptable,” said Blevins.

With regards to the sprinkler concern, the district’s assistant engineer for environmental and maintenance planning, Philip Hash, clarified that the sprinkler system would function in the event of a fire.

“We are working on solutions to bring it back to what it should have been at the design levels,” said Hash.

Other Montgomery County School Board members, like Chairwoman Sue Kass, addressed Blevins’ disappointment, saying leadership changes take time to pinpoint the issues and noting that the district has gone through leadership changes in the past year.

Another school board member, Jamie Bond, says the board has maintained critical facilities needs and problems in the past. She adds that the district also has to deal with funding limits to fix the things that are important.

As of this writing, Blevins says officials’ focus is working together to rebuild the communication and trust between the school board and county supervisors.

“These decisions are the school board, but as a Board of Supervisors, we are willing to help them, provide any assistance we can, just make sure everyone is on the same page,” said Blevins.