Polk County High Shut After Thanksgiving

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 12/02/2013 6:38 pm
BENTON, TN, (WDEF)-While thousands of shoppers were buying TV's and furniture last weekend, Polk County High School were trying to purchase a part for a water heater to keep their school open.

Over 600 students and 150 teachers are affected by the closure here in Benton.

Director of Schools Dr James Jones says they were not going to risk opening the school if it affected the student's well-being.

"The department of health has warned us before about trying to have school, specially the cafeterias without hot water so if we are going to be more than four hours without hot water"

Jones says that older schools do tend to have more issues.

"We have some old school buildings, different times old buildings cause issues that can't be fixed right away so we handle them accordingly"

The heating motor part required to return hot water to the building has now been purchased.

Teams were working throughout the school building Monday afternoon making sure there is hot water and classrooms are warm enough for high-schoolers.

Dr Jones, "I haven't heard many complaints, we started getting the word out early so as long as we can get the word out early so people can arrange care for their children, especially if they are working"

School staff say they are glad to be getting back to their classrooms Tuesday morning.

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