Back to class

By Anna Carrera

Published 02/12 2014 10:50AM

Updated 02/14 2014 05:19PM

Latest: 4:37 pm, 2/14/14, Friday
MATTOON -- Teens were back to school Friday after having a few days off. The high school had to cancel classes after a water main break in the back parking lot earlier this week. It took crews a few days to fix the problem. Students at the district's other schools still had class.
Update: 5:49 pm, 2/12/14, Wednesday
MATTOON -- The winter weather is wreaking havoc on buildings across Central Illinois. Students at the high school will have to wait at least one more day before things get back to normal.

Another school had to cancel classes because of a broken water main. Mattoon High is the latest one added to the list.

A custodian noticed running water in the parking lot there Tuesday afternoon. They got a crew Tuesday night to try to find out what was leaking. The ground was too frozen to do much work then, but the crews came back Wednesday morning to keep digging behind the school.

They were looking about five feet underground to try to find the source of the leak. While they're doing that, they have to shut off water to the rest of the building, so students got to take the day off.

"Both students and staff are ready for a routine," said Mattoon Schools superintendent Larry Lilly. "I think especially parents are. Today doesn't count as an emergency day since we are attending school in our two elementary schools and our middle school."

Workers found the leak underneath a big transformer in the parking lot, but they need to order parts to fix it. High school staff members still had to report for work Wednesday and will need to Thursday as well. Lilly says they plan to have the students back in class Friday.

Workers at Gibson City Melvin Sibley High School, in Ford County, are also working to fix a water leak. The students there had to relocate to keep classes going Wednesday. They got bussed over to the Gibson City Bible Church. They'll be there Thursday as well.
Original: 10:04 am, 2/12/14, Wednesday
MATTOON -- Mattoon High School is closed to students Tuesday because of a water main break. Teachers and staff will still report at normal times.

The district's other schools will be open with all normal bus routes and schedules. School officials hope the problem will be fixed by Wednesday.

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