EL MIRAGE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Rainstorms damaged several Valley schools on Thursday. Just as classes were starting at Dysart High School in El Mirage, the ceiling in the drama room opened up, and water came pouring in.
“There was water coming down visibly in these rooms. These were some of the worst,” said Dysart Unified School District assistant superintendent Ken Hicks.
It left behind a gaping hole in the ceiling tiles. That meant no play rehearsal in that room, as students were moved to another room for the day. There was also a piano keyboard class that got interrupted when water started pouring from the ceiling. So far, the school district doesn’t think the keyboards got damaged.
“We moved all of the keyboards into the center. We tarped it, and we have a fan in here just to dry it out as much as possible,” Hicks said.
Along with the puddles, carpet stains and chunks of ceiling tile everywhere, the room is also humid and musty. Hicks doesn’t have a cost estimate on the damage, but he says insurance will handle it.
“This is a roof that was being repaired. They will just fix it as they’re going – it was already in the process of being fixed,” he said.
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About 18 schools in the district had some sort of minor leaks from the storms. On-campus maintenance crews already replaced most of the damaged ceiling tiles to minimize the disruption to the classroom.
“Every school that there’s even a little leak, the kids love it. It gives an excited environment where the kids really celebrate it when we’re trying to mitigate it. So there is a little push and pull in that sense,” Hicks said.
There won’t be class in either of the damaged rooms at Dysart High on Friday.