Decatur HS to be closed through Friday

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Decatur High School will be closed through Friday after last week’s torrential rains flooded portions of the building.
The district originally called off classes at the campus through Wednesday, but canceled the rest of the week after meeting with its restoration company Monday.
“It’s a safety precaution,” said Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis. “We want to be sure everything is dried out and get it as normal as we can before we have students back in there. We didn’t want people up there with a bunch of ceiling tiles out.”
One of the drains on top of the school collapsed during Friday’s storm sending water cascading into the building and flooding an area from the main entrance to near the gym.
“None of the classrooms were affected,” Whitis said.
She said some of the offices were flooded along with the main corridor from the front door.
Crews were at the school over the weekend starting the restoration process, getting water out of the building and drying out floors and ceiling tiles.
As far as the days missed, Whitis said the school will be researching options. Schools must provide 75,600 minutes of instruction.
“We’ll be looking to do what will be the least amount of disruption to the other campuses,” Whitis said. “We’re under the minutes requirement, we’ll be calculing the minutes and looking to build time back in the schedule at the high school. We’ll look at that before taking away any holidays.”
All other campuses held classes as normal.
“We wanted to disrupt things as little as possible,” Whitis said.
With the building closed, the Decatur volleyball team practiced Monday and Wednesday at McCarroll Middle School. The team played at Argyle Tuesday.

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