New building has woes in frigid January weather
Despite a fire alarm, a broken pipe and water leaking into the library at the Bellevue Elementary School late Tuesday afternoon, Bellevue City Schools Superintendent Kim Schubert said she planned to have children in school today — barring another winter problem.
At 4:25 p.m. Tuesday, the Bellevue Fire Department was summoned to the elementary school by a fire alarm at the new Castalia Street building.
Once firefighters arrived they found water flowing from the sprinkler system into the library. Firefighters were able to get the water valve shut off and assisted staff with getting trash carts under pipes where the water was leaking.
Tuesday evening the school superintendent explained that ductwork in the building was apparently not properly connected and cold air resulted in a pipe freezing and breaking on the third floor.
“It was all water,” she said about the damage in the building. “I’m glad all the contractors were available,” she added.
She said contractors for the sprinkler system, HVAC and a cleaning crew were brought in by early evening and working to make repairs.
The building — which just opened this past fall — is still owned by the Ohio Schools Facility Commission and Schubert said staff is still going through punch lists to make sure everything is finished and in working order.
The superintendent said the district will not be ready to sign off on the new building until June.
In the meantime, she is confident everything will be ready for class Wednesday morning.