Repair Work Starts Thursday at Hononegah H.S. After Basement Flood

ROCKTON (WIFR) -- Repair work starts Thursday at Hononegah High School. A major flood in the school's basement wiped out the electrical system.

District leaders say the school year will start on time, but it's going to take a lot of work to get the building ready for students. Wednesday night at an emergency meeting the school board approved the first round of contracts to get the repair work started.

The school is getting new hot water heaters, electrical system, boilers, and a fire alarm. It all adds up to more than $680,000 but insurance covers all that. The district just has to pay the $11,000 deductible.

Part of the school still doesn't have power. These repairs should get it turned back on, but if for some reason the power isn't back on by the first day of school students may get a few more days of summer break.

"They're going to be in a completely safe, secure environment just like always so we're not going to take any chances or subject anyone to any dangerous situations,” School Board President Dave Kurlinkus, said.
The district still doesn't know what caused the flood. A structural engineer is coming Thursday to try to figure it out. The superintendent says it will take months to get everything fixed.

The first day of school is August 21.

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