UPDATE: Dr. James Jones, director of Polk County Schools, says that the water main break is just a symptom of a larger issue. The schools are aging. He says Copper Basin Elementary School is over 50 years old. 

He says that this pipe burst on Sunday night. 

"One of our workers was over there just passing through doing checks," said Dr. Jones. 

He says it's surprised like these that come with old buildings.

"It is very frustrating to deal with old school buildings, very old school buildings," said Dr. Jones. "We need a new school building in the basin area for the elementary school. We need a new middle school and elementary school here on the Benton area."

Dr. Jones says he doesn't know how much this will cost in total, but last year it was a different problem in Benton Elementary School that set them back a significant amount of money.

"Last year it was the cafeteria roof at Benton Elementary School in the form of about $170,000 that was not in our BEP formula or budgeted," said Dr. Jones. 

He says until they get new buildings, they will constantly be patching up these schools.

"Yeah it's tough to deal with old school buildings, it's a constant band-aid here and there to try and make it work," said Dr. Jones. 

Dr. Jones says voters will get to decide in the 2020 if there will be more funding to help build a new school. 

"It would be a tax resolution that will be put on the ballot in the next election that will add taxes towards new school buildings," said Jones. 

Copper Basin schools will be back in session on Wednesday. 


PREVIOUS STORY: Copper Basin schools in Polk County will be closed on Tuesday due to a water main break.

Copper Basin Elementary and high school will be closed on September 24 due to the break.

All other Polk County schools will be open on Tuesday.

School officials say repairs to the break are underway.

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PREVIOUS STORY: Copper Basin Elementary and High Schools are closed Monday due to a water main break. 

According to Lisa Myles with Polk County Schools, officials have closed the schools due to a water main break in the cafeteria. 

We're told all other schools will be open in Polk County Monday. 

 

 

Copper Basin Elementary School posted the notice to their Facebook page Sunday.