Extensive water damage temporarily shuts down WHRC Elementary School
4:33 PM, Jan 14, 2014
5:49 PM, Jan 14, 2014
PONTIAC, Mich. (WXYZ-TV) - A Pontiac elementary school that recessed for winter break still isn't back in session after four weeks.
Sources tell Action News that pipes burst inside WHRC Elementary School causing widespread damage during the winter break. The water got on to both levels of the building and into the asbestos.
Parents were notified of the water damage, but say they were told repairs would be completed at the end of this week.
"They sent us a text that said the school will be out this week," explained Melissa Dillon, a grandparent of several WHRC students. She said the message said, "we will resume on Monday with a totally new renovated school."
Pontiac Education Association President Aimee McKeever said the repairs would take 30-60 days.
"What's going to happen with these kids? I mean it's already a month!" worried Estrella Preciado, a mother whose two children attend WHRC.
McKeever said the district would not need to add additional instructional days to its calendar. Instead, days that were originally planned as half days would be full length.
Action News has learned school staff toured the old GM building across Woodward Avenue from the school as a possible temporary location for classes.
We sent multiple email requests to Superintendent Kelley Williams and also sent a crew to her office. She did not respond to our requests.