Possum School set to re-open after gas leak

Springfield Twp. Fire Department investigate a natural gas leak at Possum School Tuesday morning. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF

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Springfield Twp. Fire Department investigate a natural gas leak at Possum School Tuesday morning. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF

Possum School was scheduled to re-open Thursday after being closed Wednesday due to a natural gas leak at the school — but it likely still won’t have gas.

The district worked with Columbia Gas and a repair company to make sure the school was safe for students and teachers to return, it said in a statement.

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“Our staff has worked diligently with the gas and repair experts to identify the problem and determine solutions to address the reported gas leak and allow our students to safely return to school as soon as possible,” a news release says. “While repairs are made this week, all gas to the school has been shut off completely so that school can resume.”

The gas being off will have an impact, the district said.

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“The closed gas lines will affect the availability of hot water and operation of kitchen equipment, and we’ve sent a One Call to Possum families letting them know what we’re doing to resume school with those effects,” the release says. “We are working with the Clark County Combined Health District to ensure good hygiene practices, including providing hand sanitizer. Students may bring their lunch, or we will bring in a menu of pizza, veggies and milk for students to buy.”

WHIO Stormcenter 7 calls for temperatures in the mid-40s to 60s Thursday. Clark-Shawnee Spokeswoman Megan Anthony said the school is monitoring temperatures, but Possum often retains heat and the district will continue to keep an eye on the thermostat Thursday.

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