Spider problem at Beardstown school

Students and teachers at a Beardstown pre-K school got an unexpected surprise before the end of the school year.

Last week brown recluse spiders were discovered during a routine inspection of the Grand Avenue school.

Hundreds of traps were set in the building and by Monday 14 spiders were caught.

Exterminators have checked the school 3 times in the last five days and the numbers continue to go down.

They informed school superintendent Robert Bagby that there was no need to cancel classes.

But since there are only five days left in the school year, he gave parents the option of letting their kids come back to school or keeping them out for the rest of the school year.

Superintendent Bagby says the exterminators will do a full check of the school building before teachers are allowed to box up their supplies for the summer.