Bad Weather Closes Woodlawn Schools For Week
WOODLAWN -- Schools in Jefferson County have a list of weather-related issues that are keeping kids home all week.
Throughout our region snow and ice covered roads have kept many schools closed since Monday.
"Ten inches or more snow made it very difficult for people to get around," says Woodlawn Superintendent David Larkin.
And if that wasn't bad enough, Larkin says temperatures were just too dangerous for students.
"You really can't have kids out waiting on a bus in cold weather," say Larkin.
But there were more concerns for Larkin and administrators as the problems kept mounting. On Tuesday, the school's custodian, Wayne Braddy, discovered 1 to 2 inches of water all over the high school's kitchen. He immediately called a plumber.
"Several water lines were frozen in the kitchen. It was around the sink areas and around the dishwasher and stuff like that. And one of them was busted and ran all over the floor," explains Braddy.
There were frozen pipes at the grade school and the high school. The pipes created a domino effect, leaving the library with no heat and water leaking onto several books.
"The plumber's going to look at it. I don't know if he can fix that or not. If not, we'll have to call in someone for heating," says Braddy.
Larkin says most of problems are nearly fixed, but the roads are still bad in some areas. The plan is to be open Friday, but only for teachers.
"I think I've said that three times this week, that we'll be here tomorrow. But yeah, that's the plan, to have the teacher's workshop tomorrow and students on Monday."
Larkin believes the roads will be drivable for buses by Monday. But it will be a couple of days before the heat is repaired in the library.
Wind: 16 MPH
Humidity: 71 %