Burst Pipe Leads To Early Dismissal At Darcey

Burst Pipe Leads To Early Dismissal At Darcey

Students at Darcey School had an unexpected early dismissal on Friday, after a burst pipe created a flood.

According to Superintendent of Schools Jeff Solan, the burst pipe was first discovered at approximately 8 a.m. on May 20. Administrators considered continuing on with classes for the rest of the day, however it was determined that, due to the nature of the work needed to repair the pipe, classes would have to be canceled for the afternoon. Students were sent home at 10:30 a.m.

“We considered trying to continue, as we appreciate how difficult it is for parents to adjust their schedule with no notice,” explained Solan. “In order to repair the pipe, we had to cut off the water to the entire building. Not even the toilets would flush so people had to be sent home.”

The pipe was located in a classroom bathroom.

No pressure issues led to the burst, Solan explained, nor were there any extreme temperature changes that would have contributed to the failure. Instead, Solan stated, the pipe burst is believed to have been the result of the age of the pipe and that it simply was “worn out.”

The flood impacted two rooms, but Solan stated that there was “not a significant loss of equipment” due to the water. Industrial-sized dehumidifiers were brought into the school over the weekend to “dry out” the impacted classrooms and classes resumed as normal on Monday morning.

In total, it is estimated that the cost to repair the pipe and any damage incurred because of the flood will be approximately $7,000.

The pipe burst comes as the Town moves closer to a referendum on the first phase of a school modernization project that will aim to upgrade local schools over a period of years. That first phase, expected to be voted upon this November, would involve the construction of two new elementary schools in the north and south ends of the community, replacing the current Chapman and Norton schools. Also, as a part of that plan, classes would be moved out of Darcey and the District would no longer use the facility for school operations.

Solan pointed out that, without a commitment to move forward with plans to upgrade school facilities, incidents such as the one experienced on Friday at Darcey would likely increase.

“Issues like this are bound to continue in a building that is 75 years old,” he stated. “The cost of updating buildings like Darcey, Norton, and Chapman is exorbitant relative to the Town’s plan to close those buildings and move (classes) into two new buildings.”

“The new buildings will be more reliable, substantially more energy efficient, and accommodate the 25% increase in kindergarten through grade 6 enrollment that we are slated to experience over the next 10 years,” he continued.


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