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Heat issues corrected at Water Valley school

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 1/08 3:00 pm
WATER VALLEY, Miss. (WTVA) -- Water Valley school officials say heat was out Monday and part of Tuesday in four classrooms at Davidson Elementary School.

Superintendent Kim Chrestman says a motor failed in a boiler unit providing heat the affected classes.

He says repairs were made Tuesday after a replacement motor arrived and the heat was back in operation by 10 a.m.

Chrestman says the building has an open ventilation system and some heat did get to the classrooms, but says they were not as warm as they usually would have been had the system been working.

He says the heating system failure caused a pipe in a heating unit over an exterior door break overnight Monday and school officials had to move students in two classrooms to another part of the school while the water was cleaned up.

Chrestman says the water had to be shut off to make repairs to the boiler system and to redirect the plumbing around the break in the pipe.

He says since the water was turned back on, the pressure has been lower than normal. 

Chrestman says the toilets at Davidson Elementary flush, but some water fountains at times have no water.

He says school district and city workers are trying to determine what the cause of the pressure issue is.

Chrestman says parents were not notified of any of the issues because they were related to a maintenance problem.

He says the school has faced similar motor failures in the past two years, but admits it was never as cold as it was this week when those problems happened.
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