Updated 09/11/2012 06:11 PM
Mayfield schools closed for second day
Students in a Fulton County school district are getting quite the extended summer break. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, two weeks into the school year and Mayfield classes have already been canceled twice.
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MAYFIELD, N.Y. -- Tenth grader Jade Dutcher said, "I walked by a friend’s house and he was like, ‘what are you doing?’ And I was like, ‘going to school. What are you doing?’ and he said it's closed today."
Just five days into the school year and the Mayfield School District has already used up both their snow days due to a water main break in the village that's left district buildings and nearly 400 homes with low water pressure.
"A little break can take up to 50,000 gallons, so that's what we’re running against. We can't keep the pressure up in the village," said Martha Ruliffson, Water Shed Operator.
Superintendent Paul Williamsen said, "We need water to run our facilities as far as food servicing and sanitary needs for our kids and of course, general purpose water."
Crews were able to locate the break late Tuesday afternoon and are now working to fix it while Williamsen has been exploring different makeup day options so that students won't have to give up scheduled vacation days.
"The commissioner of education allows for emergency days, above and beyond snow days, so we will be looking at the opportunity," said Williamsen.
"I hope they get it fixed and we get right back on schedule," said parent John Dutcher.
The village has provided a tanker for residents and business owners to get free drinking water from in the back parking of the Mobile Mart on Route.30.
"There is a tanker with portable water they can access anytime," said Ruliffson.
And Williamsen tells us if the problem isn't solved soon, his administration team will come up with a backup plan.
"Some of our ideas is to bring in water and to bring in portopots, as an example. We’re exploring those opportunities, because kids are, of course, excited to be coming back to school," said Williamsen.
"Since I've been home, I've been doing a whole lot of chores and school takes up the time of doing chores," said Jade Dutcher.