Students may soon return to class after water damage shut down the WHRC elementary
12:29 PM, Jan 16, 2014
PONTIAC, Mich. (WXYZ-TV) - Pontiac school leaders now have a back-up plan to get some elementary students back in front of a teacher after four-weeks off.
Classes let out at WHRC in December for winter break, but during the recess pipes burst inside the school. The damage is extensive. Part of ceiling in the cafeteria has collapsed while other portions have water damage after being flooded.
The superintendent tells Action News the district now has a contingency plan to resume classes on Tuesday, January 21. The building would still be closed, so students will most likely be housed at the old GM building located at 31 East Judson St. Inspectors must clear the site before the district can finalize its plan.
Parents have been outraged, saying the district didn't give them enough information. Pontiac's superintendent, Kelley Williams, says the district didn't realize how bad the problem was at first. She told Action News crews thought they had a handle on the situation, but then another pipe would burst.
"It saddens me that parents thought we lied about something because that was the first goal and priority for the district to make sure everybody remained informed," said Williams.
The district will hold a parent meeting tomorrow from at Pontiac High School from 4pm-5pm to answer questions.
At this time, Williams says the district does not know how much the repairs will cost.