Butler County schools sustain water damage, relocate activities after Christmas freeze

Published 6:26 pm Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Butler County Schools officials discovered water damage at two area schools Dec. 26 after freezing weather Christmas night caused sprinkler system pipes to burst.

Greenville High School’s gymnasium sustained water damage when the building’s sprinkler system pipes burst. The entire floor system, locker rooms, coaches’ offices, concession room, and foyer flooded, leaving behind debris and damage throughout the building.

County maintenance staff worked around the clock to mitigate damage under the direction of Maintenance Director William, Love and Servpro crews were activated to mitigate further damages.

According to Butler County Superintendent Joseph Eiland, officials are working to relocate games and events until repairs are completed.

“We’re in the process of contracting with a company to come in and redo the floor at Greenville Middle School,” Eiland said Thursday. “That’s happening on Saturday so that they can play some home games here in Greenville rather than having to travel the rest of the season.”

Freezing weather on Christmas night caused damage at Georgiana School too, when sprinkler system pipes burst, flooding the Pre-Kindergarten classroom.

Water from the leak spread into the hallways and adjacent classrooms, and Servpro has worked with the school system’s maintenance department and custodians to clean up flooded areas.

Eiland said Principal Deedra Benson has relocated the Pre-K classroom to another area on campus. No disruption to instruction is anticipated.

Eiland noted that damage to the high school gym will have an impact on the school’s basketball season as students adjust to practice and matches in a different facility.

“[The season] is going to be interrupted because kids get accustomed to playing on a particular court,” Eiland said. “But most of those kids came up playing at Greenville Middle School, so it’s no strange place to them.”

For questions or additional information, contact Eiland at joe.eiland@butlerco.k12.al.us or by phone at (334) 382-2665.