Icy parking lot not affecting classes at Kettering HS, officials say

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    4:25 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 Local

´╗┐Officials at the high school said classes are starting on time despite the parking lot being icy from from the water main break. 

The parking lot at Kettering Fairmont High School remains covered in patches of ice Friday morning.

The school posted to its Facebook page Thursday that students should use caution when arriving to school today. 

A fire hydrant line ruptured Thursday, which led Kettering Fairmont High School to cancel a two-hour student council retreat for 100 students.

Brianna Wooten, spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Environmental Services Department, said the break was contained to a fire hydrant line. It will be taken out of service and should be repaired in a couple days.

Generally, Wooten said main breaks are caused by the age of the pipes and the change in temperature that causes soil around the pipes to expand and contract.

A fire hydrant line ruptured and the Kettering Fairmont High School parking lot is covered in patches of ice, Dec. 8, 2017. JOEY BRYANT/STAFF

A water main break Thursday evening in front of Kettering Fairmont High School led to the cancellation of a two-hour council retreat for 100 students.

Water started coming out around 2:30 p.m. before school let out, but it did not affect dismissal or after-school practices, Principal Tyler Alexander said.

However, gallons of water were still bursting hours later from underground, which made for some slick spots on the parking lot at the high school, 3301 Shroyer Road.

That is why the retreat was canceled as a precaution to make sure it’s safe for students, Tyler said.

As for classes on Friday, Tyler said that call will be made by the administrative offices. Typically, he said district maintenance staff will come in early to spread salt, if needed.

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