Water issues close Laville schools for 5th day

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

Lakeville, Ind. Students at Laville Elementary and Laville Junior Senior High School in the Union-North United school district have missed several days of classes over the past week.

Thursday marks 5 out of the last 7 school days that students have been out of class and they won't be back until Monday, Nov. 18 at the earliest.

"The well went out and it went out because the it was getting old and it just failed on us," said District Superintendent Mitch Mawhorter. "Nothing you would expect to have happen during the school year."

The schools first closed Wednesday, Nov. 6 for well problems at the high school. They were closed until Friday. Classes resumed as usual Monday, but students were let out early Tuesday for more water problems.

"It was probably a bad pump going in and it just had some manufacturing problem with it, so it worked for a while and then it clunked out on us," said Mawhorter of the second failed well pump.

The results from the appropriate water tests should be in by Friday afternoon, when district officials will be able to tell students if they will be returning to class on Monday.

The Union-North United School District will be working with the state as to how the students will make up these missed days.

"We luckily have a lot of days built up," Mawhorter said. "We were just looking at how we could make this part up pretty much by the end of April. We don't know if that's going to happen for sure, we'll have discussions with our union and talk about making the days up."

So students shouldn't worry about the school year running into summer vacation just yet.

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