Alsea School will be closed until Thursday due to plumbing issues, according to Superintendent Marc Thielman.
“We have an old building and we are having collapsed plumbing lines,” Thielman said on the phone to The Gazette-Times. “COVID didn’t shut us down, but the plumbing did.”
School staff noticed that the building’s toilet was backing up during flushing around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday. After about an hour of calling families to warn them that the students would be sent home – the charter school serves students across the Willamette Valley – the building was emptied after 2 p.m.
Faculty will teach remotely on Wednesday while the school’s plumbing is checked and repaired. Attendance will always be taken.
Thielman said he received several calls from locals asking if the building closure was a plot to demonstrate the district’s need for more money. There is a voting measure for Alsea residents in the upcoming general election asking if the district should issue more than $ 2 million in general facility improvement bonds, which would be reimbursed from property taxes.