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April 15, 2014

Classes resume after water main break

WEST NEWBURY — Classes were expected to be back in session for Pentucket Regional High School students today after a water main break over the weekend flooded eight modular classrooms, giving students an unexpected day off.

Yesterday, Pentucket Regional School Superintendent Jeffrey Mulqueen said clean-up operations by a certified crew were going smoothly and classes were expected to resume today.

“Very smooth so far,” Mulqueen said, around noontime.

About 5 a.m. on Sunday, a routine check by West Newbury police spotted the water main break. Located just underneath the foundation, the burst pipe sent water gushing into modular classrooms and the wing connecting those classrooms with the main building.

Since the water main burst, school officials have been working on a plan to relocate classes scheduled for the affected classrooms to ensure students are able to resume learning with as little disruptions as possible.

Clean-up costs are in the process of being assessed and facility managers are looking into what caused the pipe to burst, according to Mulqueen.

“High school students should plan to attend school on Tuesday,” Mulqueen wrote in an email sent to parents and staff Sunday afternoon.

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