Water leak closes two Mt. Hebron classrooms

April 20, 2007|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN REPORTER

A small wastewater leak forced the closing of two classrooms at Mount Hebron High School on Wednesday and briefly reignited a controversy over the Ellicott City school's condition.

Schools spokeswoman Patti Caplan and Mount Hebron Principal David Brown said maintenance workers used a plumber's snake to clear a pipe under a toilet in the child-development room. The children who normally use the room were outside at the time and spent the rest of their day in the school auditorium.

The water leaked through the wall from their classroom into the food and nutrition classroom next door, Brown said. Both rooms were kept empty for the rest of the day.

By early afternoon, however, Caplan said, "Everything is fine. It's all cleaned up and they sanitized the room." She called the leak "isolated."

But that was not enough to satisfy one student.

Mahioa Amjad, 16, a sophomore, said another student told her about the leak, which made her "livid."

"The school board said the problems have been fixed. They all said that everything had been fixed. They obviously aren't," she said.

The board is awaiting the results of a study of four older high school buildings before deciding whether to renovate the building or replace it. The school experienced several sewage leaks during the winter, which school officials attributed to isolated plumbing problems unrelated to renovation needs.

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