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Stockbridge Elementary hopes water leak doesn't damper opening

By Clay Wilson

Stockbridge Elementary School Principal Bill Silvey is hoping that an apparent water leak won't put too much of a damper on the opening of school.

"Other than this thing today, we're pretty much ready to go," he said.

Silvey said that a school custodian noticed water seeping out from under the door of what is scheduled to be Brenda Roberts' third grade class about 11 a.m. Thursday. When school officials investigated, they found that a pipe in the wall that separates the room from a bathroom had apparently leaked, soaking about half the carpeted floor.

"There was quite a bit of water in the room," Silvey said. He estimated that custodians removed about 30 gallons.

Silvey said the leak apparently occurred after Roberts – a new teacher to the system who is participating in the Teacher Induction Program – left the room about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

While the custodians were able to get most of the water up, Silvey said the problem now is how to fix the leak – whether water can be diverted around the line or whether workers will have to get into the wall.

The latter proposition would take more time and could interfere with the beginning of class, scheduled for Aug. 2. "The biggest concern we have now is what kind of mess we're going to get into when school starts," Silvey said.

He said maintenance workers would evaluate the leak Friday. And although he doesn't like the option, he said the class might have to be temporarily relocated.

Still, Silvey sounded upbeat about the situation.

"It could have been a lot worse than it was," he said.