Tired middle school students who normally get to school before any other students in our school system were excited to find that school was closed for two days in a row. Mary Ellen Henderson was out of school due to two maintenance problems dealing with the sewage lines right below the school building.
Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones stated, “The two issues dealing with the sewage line were unrelated as far as being the ‘same’ problem. One was primarily a failure with the pump that caused the issue, while the second issue dealt with the leak in the actual line.”
The school as a whole is doing fine despite the sewage problems.
"With any facility that has a high volume of use there will be issues that will arise," explained Jones in regards to comments about the school only being a few years old.
Many of the problems that MEH suffered have been the cause from unfortunate weather Falls Church City has received over the past 18 months.
"MEH had the greatest earthquake damage with hairline fractures, which was likely due to being a new building located on ‘newer’ soil that is more likely to shift in the earthquake. It’s highly likely that our sewer line was shifted, slightly loosening joints,” added Jones.
While the school was closed as the maintenance problems were being fixed, middle school students were excited to have the day off to catch up on sleep and get a head start on their holiday shopping. While many whimsical middle school students referred to these days off as “poop days,” their teachers were working hard in the Technology Learning Center at GMHS.
Now that MEH students are back in class, Jones looks confidently beyond and stated that the crew was able to send down a camera to detect for any more problems, and although it was hard to see much, the camera was able to detect that there wasn’t any stress on the sewage line. Hopefully with the good word of the hardworking crew, MEH students won't be out again for sewage lines anytime soon.