In some of the school's classrooms, the flooring is coming apart at the seams. The floor tiles contain asbestos, and mitigation adds to the cost of replacement.
Antiquated security systems are set up throughout the school.
A worn sign sits above the entrance to the single K-12 building where more than 800 students attend classes. The building is also headquarters for the district’s administrative offices.
Rust eats away at the buses in the district's aging fleet. Brad Dumback, transportation director for Rudyard Area Schools, says the vehicles "are rusting from the bottom-side out. They drive good, but you can only fix so much rust before you're throwing money out the window."
Photography by Kate Levy