Lake Worth, Texas – Lake Worth High School classes have been postponed for the remainder of the week due to flooding in the main building that started in the boys’ restroom.
Rose Mary Neshyba, superintendent of Lake Worth ISD, said that one of the band directors discovered water in the newest wing of the school on Friday afternoon.
Video from security cameras shows that a broken urinal flooded the new part of the campus late Wednesday night, just as the school was forced to close because of an impending ice storm.
“Something went wrong and caused it to leak. So it was leaking. When we look at the cameras to see if anyone was in the building, we don’t see water until around midnight. We’re not sure if it’s a malfunction or if it had to do with the weather,” said Neshyba.
The superintendent expressed their main concerns about the quality of the air and mold.
“They will have to seal it off with plastic walls and set up a dehumidifier to dehumidify. They cleaned everything. They will pull out the baseboards to make sure no water in the walls. We want to make sure we are healthy when we come back simply because of the mold and that type of thing,” Neshyba said.
Students will not attend online classes as a substitute for missed classes these days while campus is closed, and they will have to make up for the days missed later in the year.
“We had already missed five days. We had three days of COVID and two days with the ice. So that’s already facing us. And then we have a challenge of five more days. So a group of us met Saturday morning and brainstormed what options there were. And our goal was to take care of our children’s instructional program,” Neshyba said.
Meals may still be picked up in the school’s athletic facility from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays through Wednesdays.
All other Lake Worth ISD schools are operating as usual.
texasstandard.news contributed to this report.