Water woes in Wolfhurst

WOLFHURST — Another waterline break in Wolfhurst forced the early dismissal Monday of classes at Bridgeport Schools.

The break occurred in front of the district’s administration building, said Greg Harkness, central office assistant and athletic director.

Late last week, other breaks forced the school to close. Classes were canceled Thursday and Friday because of waterline breaks.

Waterline breaks aren’t the only issues the school has faced. The district’s state online testing was interrupted April 18 by login issues at the state level. Testing resumed Thursday, but then the waterline breaks interrupted them again.

The initial breaks occurred on Mutton Hollow Road, Maple Heights and Adolph Street. The first of the breaks happened because of an existing road slip on Mutton Hollow. That slip occurred in February during heavy storms that caused flooding and damage across the county.

That slip is expected to be fixed via Federal Emergency Management Agency funding.

Meanwhile, Harkness said he believes the school district may get its testing window extended.

“It’s out of our control. There’s nothing we could do about it,” he said of the breaks.

Besides the obvious needs of drinking and flushing toilets, the water also is needed for the school building’s fire suppression system.

Harkness said the district and surrounding area is on a 48-hour boil order.

Because of this, the students were given bottled water to drink. He said he believes the repressurizing of the line that broke previously may have caused this latest line to break.

Superintendent Zac Shutler said previously the missed days of school would have to be made up.