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West Glacier Elementary Hopes To Reopen Next Week

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Students at West Glacier Elementary School have the entire week to enjoy the snow after a burst pipe forced faculty to call off classes.

The halls are pretty quiet except for the dryers. Right now, it is a waiting game at West Glacier Elementary. A burst pipe left more than an inch of standing water through some halls and closed the school on December 10 and for the rest of the week. Lead foreman, Roger Hale, is working on the clean-up and he admits estimating how much the damage will cost the district is tough.

"If we have to buy new cabinets and they're custom made, that's going to set them back because cabinetry guys don't work overnight," said Hale.

The kitchen area was one of the worst hit because the ceiling actually collapsed because it gets weak when the material is wet, and the reception area will probably be closed for the next two to three weeks as crews continue to dry it out.

"It may take a week just to dry so I can start rebuilding," explained Hale.

Hale says water from the cafeteria must have flowed into the reception area because that is where the most standing water was found. He believes classes will resume on Monday, December 16, and he will likely be there working right alongside the kids.

"I'm going to probably--I haven't got the okay yet--but I'll probably put up a vapor barrier between the classrooms or somewhere in that hallway or just keep that door locked," said Hale.

There is not a safety hazard, Hale explained, but he will work quicker without too many people walking through. So for the next few weeks, students and teachers will enter the school from the side instead of the front door.

The school is looking into what this means for kids at the end of the school year, that is, will they be let out later than usual.

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