Gas Leak On Campus

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Gas Leak On Campus

The school is working with the construction crew to get the gas pipes back up and running. On Nov 19, the sidewalks were getting repaved.

The school is working with the construction crew to get the gas pipes back up and running. On Nov 19, the sidewalks were getting repaved.

The school is working with the construction crew to get the gas pipes back up and running. On Nov 19, the sidewalks were getting repaved.

The school is working with the construction crew to get the gas pipes back up and running. On Nov 19, the sidewalks were getting repaved.

Sara Crosley

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Students dealt with a blistering cold on November 7, but didn’t expect an emergency evacuation later that day. With no alert over the intercom about what was going on, this brought some confusion with students and faculty about the gas lines and our safety within the school. 

With the gas lines becoming a concern right now for the community, some challenges come along the way. The School Principal, Mr. Franz says the repairs have been costly, but necessary.

“We have had the gas lines in about a month ago and discovered that people can smell the gas which was a big concern. So we’ve had the lines checked and got them replaced. The repairs will take about a month and will cost up to $10,000 to fix. The School has a strong financial system and has their own funds for congenticy emergencies. Dealing with the size of our school, we need to be able to function with the budget that we are working with,” Franz said. 

On November 7, a small amount of gas got into the HVAC system and started to spread throughout the building. The main building, B and C wings were evacuated as a precaution and moved classrooms into the auditorium for safety concerns. William Goforth (12) describes the relocation.

“I was sitting in class when this almost copper smell became apparent. My classmates and we were all confused until we hear a bustling in the halls and then we knew that we should go,” Goforth said.

As the repairs are still underway with the help of the construction crew, it brings concern to some seniors about if they are going to have to tear up the senior lot to pinpoint where the gas leak is located. Parents are also worried about the lack of communication within the school and safety when it comes to an emergency plan. This raises some questions about how long the gas leak was going on and how serious it was. Tina Crosley, a senior mom has valid questions about the incident.

“Are there any ongoing risks with the gas lines or have they been shut off? This concerns me as a parent of a student especially when I wasn’t aware of it until after the fact. My biggest concern is whenever it will happen again or if my daughter is going to become sick from the gas.I have full faith and complete trust that this will get resolved quickly to avoid any interruptions in day to day school life,” Crosley said.

Currently, the school is committed to solving the problem and has emergency funds to make sure it’s done right. At this very moment, all the gas leaks are resolved.