Water leak damages Groveport Elementary

By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

Photos courtesy of Groveport Madison Schools
Workers clear away debris from a water damaged wooden classroom floor at Groveport Elementary.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 28, a Groveport Police officer noticed an unusual amount of water on the outside walls of the southeast classroom wing of Groveport Elementary.

The officer contacted Groveport Madison Schools officials who discovered that a hose on the back of a sink that connects it to the water supply in the third floor boys restroom had sprung a leak and sent water flowing through part of the school.

According to Groveport Madison Schools Superintendent Garilee Ogden, three classrooms, two offices, and the nearby stairwells were damaged by the water that flowed from the leaky hose.

Ogden said SERVPRO, a company that performs water clean-up and restoration services, worked in the school for several days to repair the water damage.

Debris caused by a water leak is strewn around a Groveport Elementary classroom.

“They have assessed all rooms for damage and moisture,” said Ogden. “Dryers are on and, as the company confirms all moisture is gone, they are laying floors and working with contractors to replace ceilings, paint and patch walls, and more.”

The classroom floors in Groveport Elementary, which was built in 1923, are made of wood and the walls are plaster and brick.

As of Jan. 2, progress on repairs was being made, Ogden said on Jan. 3.

“We are beginning to see progress. The third floor room is fourth grade. It will be ready by Tuesday (Jan. 7),” said Ogden. “Students will be broken up into the other rooms for one day until the teacher can get things sorted. The second-floor room is a kindergarten room. It will take up to a week. We have the library set up for them for the week and they will be able to move back in and ready for class Jan. 13 if all goes as planned with electricians and contractors. The first floor rooms are a preschool classroom and speech room. We are cancelling preschool for the first week (we will still meet state requirements). Toys have to be bought and existing toys need to be sterilized. Furniture needs to be replaced as well. Thank goodness our state review was the week before the holiday. We did get a 5-star rating!”

“We do not know yet about the cost to repair the damage, but I am expecting it to be close to $100,000. That amount is my guess only, it’s not an official number,” said Ogden, who added that the district will also be replacing the sink that led to the damage.

Ogden said Groveport Madison Assistant Treasurer Joyce Disharoon and new incoming Treasurer Felicia Drummey are working with the insurance company regarding the situation.

“We are keeping inventory of everything we need to buy and replace and will order and purchase items,” said Ogden. “Insurance should cover all of this. Felicia and Joyce will work on keeping track so we know what reimbursements to file for with insurance, as well as overtime and time teachers spent over the holidays working on their rooms. The stairwells also need flooring replaced and several areas need patching and paint.”

On a side note, Ogden said the new roof work on the school is done and, “We did find one new leak and Deputy Superintendent Jamie Grube is working with that vendor to see what that might be from.”

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