Repairs continue at Springboro High School after water damage in multiple areas

Students will take classes online this week; district hopes to reopen school Monday, Jan. 9

Repairs and cleanup are continuing at Springboro High School following the discovery of a burst pipe at the building late last week.

Scott Marshall, district spokesman, said repairs are going well and said the district expects the school, located at 1675 S. Main St., to reopen to students on Monday, Jan. 9.

High school students, who were originally scheduled to return from Christmas break today, instead had the day off as a calamity day and will do remote learning for the rest of the week, starting Wednesday.

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Marshall said there was 3 to 4 inches of water standing in some areas of the high school due to a sprinkler pipe bursting on Christmas Eve. The damage affected two academic wings, the library, clinic and counselor offices, he said. Marshall did not have a damage cost as of Tuesday morning.

Repair crews took out lockers and carpeting and are installing new drywall in the damaged areas, Marshall said.

Marshall said Clearcreek Twp. firefighters were refueling a fire vehicle at the district’s fueling station on Christmas night when they noticed frozen water on a door. They contacted district officials, who responded to address the situation.

On Friday, district officials informed families of the damage and the decision to move to remote learning this week for high school students only.

Marshall said the district appreciated the work of its maintenance and custodial staff with the cleanup and repair work as well as the Clearcreek Fire Department for noticing the frozen door at the building.

Students in all other district schools returned to class as scheduled on Tuesday, and athletics and extracurricular activities for high school students are not affected.

Chromebook pickup for high school students was in place until 4 p.m. Tuesday at the central office, 1685 S. Main St. Parents must sign out the device. Families with internet access issues during the remote learning period can contact Sheryl Winter at 937-748-3960.

Springboro was not the only school district dealing with plumbing issues.

Nick Weldy, superintendent at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center, said their buildings were dealing with leaking pipes after the storm and deep freeze last week.

Reporter Eileen McClory contributed to this report.

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