Eisenhower water may delay school start, Youngsville Elementary roof cutting it close

The water pump problem at Eisenhower could threaten the start of school, but the roof problem at Youngsville Elementary will not.

At Monday night’s meeting of the Warren County School District Physical Plant and Facilities Committee, Superintendent Amy Stewart said the district expects to hear the results of a chlorine test at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

If the water contains too much chlorine, flushing it into the school’s sewer system will kill the bacteria.

“If the water cannot be used in the system to flush, we would look at canceling school for just Eisenhower on Wednesday,” Stewart said.

After checking the forecast and being satisfied that there would not be any significant rain, roofers were at work Monday on Youngsville Elementary Middle School “trying to meet the deadline of Aug. 31,” Director of Operations Dr. Norbert Kennerknecht said.

They were surprised by a deluge that brought down or damaged about 70 ceiling tiles in the kitchen area, he said.

“The roof is now secure from any further rain events,” Kennerknecht said. “We hope to have everything back for Wednesday. If not, we have an alternate plan for feeding the children.”