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December 16, 2017

Washburn School was closed Monday due to a waterline break.

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Washburn school closes due to waterline break


Barbara Womack
Grainger Today Correspondent

WASHBURN – Students at Washburn School returned to class Tuesday following an unscheduled day off Monday, due to a break in a main waterline on campus.

Grainger County Director of Schools Edwin Jarnagin said he received a call from a school secretary shortly before 7 a.m. informing him there was no water in the high school or the elementary school. He said the school resource officer reported water being released onto the parking lot near the softball field.

“Maintenance Supervisor, C.H. Dalton immediately went to Washburn School and determined the main line was ruptured,” Jarnagin said.

He said it was determined it would be a time-consuming repair and began the process to close the school.

He said some students were already en route and when they arrived at the campus, they were given the opportunity to eat a prepackaged breakfast.

“The staff at Washburn School did an outstanding job in dealing with the situation. The waterline was repaired at approximately 11 a.m. and the school was checked at noon and everything appeared to be functioning correctly,” Jarnagin said.

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