Flooding closes Arts & Science wing

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Flooding closes Arts & Science wing

Laurie Cotton teaches her Pre-Calculus class from the Senior High Gym. All classes held in the Arts & Science wing were moved to locations throughout the building.

Laurie Cotton teaches her Pre-Calculus class from the Senior High Gym. All classes held in the Arts & Science wing were moved to locations throughout the building.

Ryleigh Sanborn

Laurie Cotton teaches her Pre-Calculus class from the Senior High Gym. All classes held in the Arts & Science wing were moved to locations throughout the building.

Ryleigh Sanborn

Ryleigh Sanborn

Laurie Cotton teaches her Pre-Calculus class from the Senior High Gym. All classes held in the Arts & Science wing were moved to locations throughout the building.

On Jan. 16, a burst pipe in the Arts & Science wing forced WHHS administration to close the wing for cleaning and repair. The leak is believed to have begun in Denise Pfeiffer’s classroom, where the mixture of water and air conditioning coolant leaked into the hallway and through the ceiling into Lisa Brokamp’s and other nearby classrooms.

All classes that were held in the Arts & Science wing were moved to open classrooms throughout the building, or held in the Senior High Gym.  

As of Jan. 17, the wing is still closed, and it is unknown when it will reopen. Due to the flooding, the Jr. High Pep Rally scheduled for Jan. 17 has been delayed to Jan. 22.

SENIOR Anthony Brown, who had his meteorology class moved due to flooding, was one of the many student effected.

“I took a quiz in the gym with 100 other students … it’s hard to focus,” Brown said.

This is the second time that this flooding has occurred. Last year a coolant pipe burst in a different part of the Arts & Science wing, forcing the wing to be closed again. In that flooding, some student artwork was damaged by water.

Brown was critical of the response by Cincinnati Public Schools to the first leak.

“I think it is more of a patch job, it’s a wait for something to happen and then fix it approach as opposed to looking for what the problem actually is,” Brown said.

Multiple WHHS students and parents have reached out to the Superintendent’s office with concerns about the building’s facilities. As of Jan. 17, CPS Superintendent Laura Mitchell has not responded to a request for comment.