All schools reopening Jan. 9, including those with winter water damage

Water covers most of a classroom floor at Miller Elementary School in December 2022.

All schools are expected to reopen to students as planned on Monday, Jan. 9 as the winter break ends.

But some students will return to buildings with water damage from frozen and busted pipes.

Five schools suffered water damage in the early days of winter break as bitter temperatures and fierce winds combined to freeze pipes in some buildings.

Between Friday, Dec. 23 (the snow day) and Monday, Dec. 26, six district buildings were damaged by frozen pipes. Maintenance personnel and outside contractors have worked diligently since then first to isolate and stop the water leaks and then to start repairing the water damage to ensure classes can resume as scheduled.

The damaged buildings include:

Fordson High School – A domestic water line in the ceiling of the second floor kitchen area froze and burst. This resulted in water flooding a portion of the kitchen and one room below. Damage is extensive in some areas including kitchen equipment, a classroom computer, and mechanical equipment along with paint, drywall and carpet. Meal service at Fordson will be available as normal on Monday.

Geer Park Elementary – A fire suppression water line in a second floor classroom’s exterior wall/ceiling soffit froze and burst. This resulted in four classrooms on the second floor and two classrooms on the first floor suffering water damage. Some of the classroom damage was extensive including contents of the room along with paint and drywall and some computer and mechanical equipment.

McCollough/Unis – A fire suppression line in a second floor classroom’s exterior wall/ceiling soffit froze and burst. This resulted in two classrooms on the second floor and two classrooms on the first floor receiving water damage. Some of the damage is extensive including contents of the rooms along with paint and drywall and computer and mechanical equipment.

Miller Elementary – Two separate heating hot water coils located in exterior walls froze and burst. This resulted in one classroom on the second floor and three on the first floor receiving water damage. Some of the damage is extensive including contents of the classroom along with paint and drywall and computer and mechanical equipment. A science classroom is not expected to be ready for use on Monday.

William Ford Elementary – A fire suppression water line in a second floor classroom’s exterior wall/ceiling soffit froze and burst. This resulted in four classrooms on the second floor and four classrooms on the first floor receiving water damage. Some of the damage is extensive and includes contents of the classroom along with paint and drywall and computer and mechanical equipment.

Administrative Service Center – A domestic water line in an exterior wall froze and burst. This resulted in water flooding Room 12, which is used for meetings.