Midland ISD schools flood from frozen pipes


MIDLAND, Texas (ABC Big 2 / FOX 24) – Several Midland ISD schools have been flooded after frozen pipes burst during the bitter cold.

Maintenance crews have been busy the last few day cleaning up the mess. The district says it’s aiming to have all students back on campus by Monday.

General Tommy Frank’s Elementary had an entire hallway and several classrooms flooded after a bathroom pipe busted.

“When I showed up yesterday the maintenance crew of seven guys were just shoveling water out the doors,” said Andra Jones, principal of General Franks Elementary. “That’s not necessarily their wheelhouse, but they were doing everything they could to save everything in the classrooms as they could.”

All of the water is gone now, but Jones is still concerned about her students.

“My first worry was where are we going to have class Monday,” Jones said. ” Because we want kids back, we are already having a set back of six days from the weather.”
Maintenance crews and private cleaning companies are working around the clock at all of the campuses impacted.

“It’s all hands on deck,” said Kellie Spencer, Chief Operations Officer for MISD. “The most important thing is that rooms are ready for Monday for kids to return and that way everyone is on deck to make sure that happens.”

The flooding not only damaged classrooms, but school computers as well.

“Computers, so far they look like they are good,” said BJ Rambo, IT Support Manager for MISD. “This weekend we are going to be powering them on, making sure that they do turn on and seeing what they do need to replace.”

But principal Jones is grateful for her maintenance staff’s hard work and dedication for their students.

“We have to keep the focus on kids and moving learning forward and not having any excuses towards that.”

Even with the rush to get things cleaned up, Midland ISD said it is on track to bring students back to campus on Monday.

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